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Primary School Requires Improvement

Monday July 8 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

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."

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Reply Posted by Concerned on Monday July 8 2013 at 12:50
Surely, Councillor Cheetham, we should be striving for 'outstanding', not just 'good'?

Reply Posted by Craig on Monday July 8 2013 at 17:02
You have to achieve the good before the outstanding. Outstanding is a difficult one to acheive as the goalposts have been moved

Reply Posted by PJ on Wednesday July 10 2013 at 15:13
Not impossible, though! I've noticed that a few schools in the area have achieved outstanding recently.

Reply Posted by craig on Saturday July 13 2013 at 22:08
No not impossible but lots of schools have lost their outstanding grade

Reply Posted by Tina Turton on Saturday July 13 2013 at 22:18
The school has a new Head who is fantastic, I know Mrs Cole personally and she will make a massive impact! Keep the faith!

Reply Posted by Gemma on Saturday July 13 2013 at 23:10
Mrs Cole is an amazing leader and teacher, the school will be outstanding in no time!!

Reply Posted by David on Sunday July 14 2013 at 08:24
A little worried. This is the school that my son has been given to start in September despite living 80 yards away from Penistone St John's. The whole schooling problems in the Penistone area is shocking and is is only going to get worse.
Hoylandswaine school have been given the bad report for time. There will will be far more children than
I hope Mrs Cole really grabs the teachers by the scruff of their neck

Reply Posted by David on Sunday July 14 2013 at 08:26
Far more children in September mean. Can they cope?
Bad report for the the recent time