West Melton school still ‘needs improvement’ say Ofsted inspectors


A Dearne junior and infant school has been found to need improvement for the second time.

Ofsted inspectors said West Melton Junior and Infant School ‘requires improvement’ following an inspection made last month.

A report states that pupils’ progress is not consistently good and that standards are below average when they leave. But it is also noted that the headteacher and deputy head are improving aspects of pupils’ learning and the quality of teaching, despite staff changes.

Along with the areas of progress seen to be lacking in school, inspectors noted some additional strengths that include that the school ‘supports parents strongly to help their children achieve well’. This is seen as a ‘good improvement’ since the last inspection.

The findings, however, show over all teaching is not yet good, that work set for pupils can be too difficult or not providing enough challenge, and that some subject leaders ‘do not always have enough first hand knowledge in their subjects to fully contribute to improvements.” Children make a good start in the foundation stage, said the report.