A PRIMARY school in one of the most affluent parts of Barnsley requires improvement in almost all areas.

Ofsted deemed standards at Hoylandswaine Primary School, including the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, and leadership and management, to have dropped from 'good' to 'adequte', following a June inspection.

In his report on the Haigh Lane school, inspector Michael Wintle stated: "Achievement is not good because teaching is not consistently good. The quality of teaching varies from year to year and requires improvement.

"In some of the lessons teaching failed to take account of pupils' individual needs and abilities."

However, inspectors felt the behaviour and safety of pupils was ‘good’ and suggested acting headteacher Laura Cole was showing signs of turning things around after she replaced Brian Woodhead, who left at the end of the spring term.

Mrs Cole said: "The school staff and governors have fully embraced the Ofsted report, which helped to confirm all the areas for development that were already in the school’s development plan. We are already making rapid progress towards our goals."

Coun Tim Cheetham, the council's spokesman for education, said the change of headteacher needed to happen and he was confident the school was now moving in the right direction.

"Clearly the result's a disappointment, it's a slight slip in standards to what was the old 'adequate'. We strive for all our schools to be good, that's how we want it."