Ofsted report tells school to improve

Ash Grove School, Ash Grove, South Elmsall. (H521A245)
Ash Grove School, Ash Grove, South Elmsall. (H521A245)

A PRIMARY school in South Elmsall has been told it ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted.

Inspectors observed 20 lessons or parts of lessons, plus several guided reading activities at Ash Grove J&I School on October 9 and 10.

They found the overall effectiveness of the school required improvement, as did achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management.

Lead inspector Sue Hall said: “The overall quality of teaching over time requires improvement because there is still some inconsistency between classes and not enough is good and better.”

The report stated that although teaching was not consistently good, there were examples of effective teaching in all key stages.

Headteacher Julie Davis said the categories Ofsted uses when inspecting schools changed in September 2012, and that the ‘requires improvement’ rating was actually the same as a previous ‘satisfactory’ rating the school received in June 2011.

She said: “As a school we are very encouraged by our Oftsed report.

“The inspectors have recognised the many strengths of our school and the improvements that we have already made in raising standards of achievement in our pupils.

“We will be continuing to build on this success over the coming year and we are confident that when Ofsted next visit, their current view that the school has ‘a secure capacity to improve’ will be proven as we will have secured a good judgement overall.”

This is the second primary school in South Elmsall to be told it ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted in the last month, following the recent inspection at Carlton J&I School.