‘Satisfactory’ progress at school

Ext pic of De Lacy Primary School/Pomfret Children's Centre
Ext pic of De Lacy Primary School/Pomfret Children's Centre
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A school which was placed in special measures following reports of classroom violence, bullying and poor teaching has made ‘satisfactory’ progress since its last inspection.

A report published by education watchdog Ofsted found teaching standards at Pontefract De Lacy Primary School had improved dramatically for pupils in years two to six after a damning report last February.

But the inspector warned that despite improvement in nursery and reception teaching also, attainment in year one had shown no signs of improvement.

The report said: “Although there has been satisfactory progress in raising pupils’ achievement in English and mathematics, it is a mixed picture across the school.

“In the nursery and reception classes children are making better progress than they were at the previous visit.

“In the year one and the year one and two mixed-age class, pupils’ progress has not improved and remains slow.

“Attainment is too low and there are no signs of improvement.”

The report highlighted that pupil’s attainment in reading, writing and mathematics was rising well in years two, four and six, with some “outstanding” teaching in year six mathematics.

It added teachers had identified pupils who needed extra lessons but said the teaching “varies considerably” across the school.

Pupils’ behaviour at the school had improved and “most adults” were now good role models with some exceptions.

It said: “One supervisor was seen shouting loudly at a class and individuals for no good reason. A teaching assistant spoke overly sharply to a disabled pupil and two upset pupils were seemingly ignored by adults nearby.”

Sue Johnson, the council’s service director for schools and lifelong learning, said: “The recent monitoring report from Ofsted recognises the satisfactory progress the school is making on its journey out of special measures. Ongoing work will focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school, achieving consistency between classrooms. Ofsted judged the support from the local authority to be good and we will maintain this level of support so that standards of education continue to improve.”