Ofsted’s best and worst schools in Mansfield

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Some primary schools gained top marks in the inspections by Ofsted while other were judged as requires improvement and now a summary of all the reports has been collated to show how your child’s school rates.

Primary and secondary schools have been included in the round up which includes comments from the inspector’s reports.

The educational watchdog changed the framework in which they rate schools the new system relabelled the “Satisfactory” category as “Requires Improvement”, with an expectation that schools should not remain at that level and some schools on the list have not been inspected since.

The list is alphabetical with a link to the schools report for more information. It will be updated over the next few days, so if your child’s school is not listed, please let us know and we’ll add it in.

Abbey Primary School, Abbey Road

Inspection date: March 2015

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, June 2012

Comments: Action taken by the school’s leadership team has reversed pupils’ weak performance at the end of Year 6 last year. Most pupils are now making good progress and are achieving well. Their progress is accelerating. Teaching is good. Children make good progress in phonics from an early stage. The early years is led and managed well. It is not yet an outstanding school because The most-able pupils are not always sufficiently challenged by the tasks they are set and teachers do not consistently provide useful feedback to pupils in their books and pupils do not always act upon the advice to improve their work or present it neatly.

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Asquith Primary School, Asquith Street

Inspection date: May 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, July 2010

Comments: Children in the nursery and Reception get a good start to school life and make good progress. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics throughout the school. Teaching is good in most classes, and some teaching is outstanding. It is not yet an outstanding school because occasionally teachers do not have high enough expectations of what more-able pupils can achieve and miss opportunities to extend their learning.

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Berry Hill Primary School, Black Scotch Lane

Inspection date: October 2012

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, October 2010

Comments: Standards in English and mathematics have been rising steadily in recent years and are now above average at the end of Year 6. Pupils in Years 5 and 6 have a very clear understanding of how well they are learning and how they can make their work even better It is not yet an outstanding school because not all of the teaching is yet good or better. Teachers do not always check closely enough on pupils’ understanding in lessons.

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Church Vale Primary School and Foundation Unit, Laurel Avenue, Church Warsop

Inspection date: March 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, June 2011

Comments: Pupils make good progress from low starting points to reach broadly average standards in reading, writing and mathematics by the end

of Year 6. Pupils’ attendance is good All groups of pupils, including those eligible for the premium funds, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs achieve well. Behaviour in lessons is good It is not yet an outstanding school because Not enough teaching is outstanding. The marking of pupils’ mathematics work does not always help them to improve.

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Crescent Primary School, Booth Crescent

Inspection date: October 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, January 2012

Comments: Pupils achieve well because of good teaching and their own excellent attitudes to their work.  Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. The school’s leaders have a very accurate awareness of its strengths and weaknesses. It is not yet an outstanding school because the teaching of mental mathematics is not organised as well as other aspects, and does not always challenge the most able pupils. Attainment in some aspects of writing is not as high as it could be, especially for boys

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Eastlands Junior School, Netherfield Lane, Meden Vale

Inspection date: June 2015

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Requires improvement, November 2013

Comments: The headteacher worked well to raise achievement and improve teaching. Pupils’ achievement has improved since the last inspection, and standards in mathematics and writing at the end of Year 6 rose in 2014. It is not yet an outstanding school because despite a positive start, the school has not fully adapted its systems for checking on pupils’ progress, to make sure they meet the demands of the new National Curriculum.

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Farmilo Primary School and Nursery, Woburn Road, Pleasley

Inspection date: July 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory

Comments: This is a rapidly improving school. Pupils’ achievement has improved significantly since the previous inspection. Pupils make good progress from their starting points. By Year 6, attainment in reading and writing is broadly average. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is most often exemplary. It is not yet an outstanding school because Not enough teaching is outstanding. Although there are no weaknesses common to all teaching.

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Forest Town Primary School, Clipstone Road West, Forest Town

Inspection date: February 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, January 2011

Comments: Teaching is good overall and some of it is outstanding. Almost all the pupils make good or better progress and learn well in their lessons. Attendance rates have improved for the last three years and are now in line with the national average. It is not yet an outstanding school because  attainment is improving rapidly but has still not reached national averages. Not all teachers check carefully enough in lessons how well pupils have understood what they are learning.

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Heatherley Primary School, Heatherley Drive, Forest Town,

Inspection date: December 2012

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, April 2012

Comments: Pupils attainment in English and mathematics is broadly average by the end of Year 6. The school is led and managed well. The activities teachers set for them in lessons are interesting and demanding. Pupils receive good advice on how to improve their work. It is not yet an outstanding school because pupils make good progress in writing, but do not progress as rapidly as in reading and mathematics. As a result their attainment in writing is not as high.

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Heathlands Primary School, Ransom Road, Rainworth

Inspection date: January 2014

Rating: Good

Previous rating:Requires improvement, November 2012

Comments: Pupils achieve well, whatever their ability, especially in reading and writing. Children in Nursery and Reception get off to a good start because they are well taught. Teaching is good. It is not yet an outstanding school because although improving, standards in English grammar and mathematics lag a bit behind reading and writing. Marking in mathematics is not as helpful as it is in English, and pupils do not get as much practise in using their skills in other subjects or

in ‘real life’ situations.

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Hetts Lane Infant and Nursery School, Hetts Lane, Warsop

Inspection date: March 2012

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, March 2009

Comments: pupils, including those who are disabled or have special educational needs, make good progress from their starting points. Children make good progress in the Nursery and Reception classes because staff teach them well in a safe and stimulating environment. Pupils make good, consistent progress in Years 1 and 2 in developing their writing and mathematics skills.

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High Oakham Primary School, Nottingham Road

Inspection date: November 2012

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, March 2011

Comments: This is a good school. Pupils from all backgrounds achieve well. Standards in English and mathematics are above average by the end of Year 6. Pupils develop good reading and writing skills. Children get off to an excellent start in Reception. Across the school, teaching is consistently at least good. Some is outstanding. It is not yet an outstanding school because not all teachers ask questions skilfully to involve the whole class in discussions or to make pupils think harder.

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Holly Primary School, Holly Drive, Forest Town,

Inspection date: June 2014

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Requires improvement

Comments:  Standards are rising quickly.  Pupils’ progress through Key Stage 2, which ad been lagging behind, has improved considerably, especially in Years 5 and 6. Teaching is good. It is not yet an outstanding school because although excellent practice is beginning to be shared, this has not yet ensured outstanding teaching.

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Intake Farm Primary School, Armstrong Road

Inspection date: March 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, June 2011

Comments: Actions taken to improve teaching have been effective and it is now consistently good and some is outstanding. By the end of Year 6, pupils reach broadly average standards in reading, writing and mathematics. They make good progress in all subjects in all year groups. Attendance has improved since the last inspection and for the large majority of pupils is above average. It is not yet an outstanding school because pupils are given too few opportunities to solve mathematical problems and check the quality of their own work,

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John T Rice Infant and Nursery School, Braemar Road, Forest Town

Inspection date: December 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, November 2010

Comments: Pupils of all abilities make good progress in reading, writing, mathematics and other subjects throughout their time in school. The quality of teaching is good overall and is sometimes outstanding. The quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement have improved since the last inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because It is not yet an outstanding school because Occasionally teachers do not make certain all groups of pupils are fully engaged in the lesson and achieving the best they can.

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King Edward Primary School, St Andrew Street, Littleworth

Inspection date: July 2015

Rating: Requires improvement

Previous rating: Good

Comments:  Not enough pupils make good progress over their time at the school. Work is not always a good match to pupils’ different abilities. This slows pupils’ progress.  When marking pupils’ work, teachers do not routinely tell pupils how to improve their learning or ensure that pupils follow the advice that they are given. Behaviour requires improvement. Attendance is not rising quickly enough. The school has the following strengths the early years provides an effective start to children’s learning and development, teaching assistants are effective in supporting those pupils who find learning difficult.

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Leas Park Junior School, Ley Lane

Inspection date: November 2012

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, October 2009

Comments:  By the end of Year 6, attainment is improving year by year, and is very high in English and above average in mathematics. Pupils achieve well because the teaching is consistently good. It is not yet an outstanding school because progress in mathematics at Key Stage 2 is not as fast as in English. Pupils, particularly lower-attaining ones, sometimes find it hard to calculate quickly in their heads and this affects their learning in problem-solving tasks.

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Mansfield Primary Academy, Newgate Lane

Inspection date: April 2014

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Not previously inspected

Comments: Most pupils make good progress through the school from their individual starting points. Teaching is good .The activities teachers set are interesting and help pupils’ develop good attitudes to their work. Pupils behave sensibly in lessons and around the site. It is not yet an outstanding school because. There are too few opportunities for pupils to practise their numeracy skills in other subjects. Work for the most-able pupils is not always hard enough to ensure that they achieve as well as they can.

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Netherfield Infant and Nursery School, Netherfield Lane, Meden Vale,

Inspection date: May 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, September 2009

Comments: Pupils achieve well because teaching is good. They make good progress in all areas of learning in Reception. It is not yet an outstanding school because attendance is below average. Boys are not doing as well as girls in writing, and so standards are not as high as they are in reading and mathematics.

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Nettleworth Infant and Nursery School, Ley Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse

Inspection date: June 2009

Rating: Outstanding

Previous rating: Oustanding, May 2006

Comments: The school was outstanding in its previous inspection and it continues to maintain this exceptional high quality. By the time they leave Year 2 standards are consistently well above average. On occasion, particularly in reading and writing,standards are exceptionally high. All groups of pupils, whatever their academic capability or learning needs, achieve exceptionally well. Teamwork remains very strong with the views of all members of staff being valued and sought.

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Northfield Primary and Nursery School, Cox’s Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse

Inspection date: February 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, March 2011

Comments:  Pupils make good progress, often from very low starting points. They achieve well because teaching has improved and is good. Some teaching is outstanding. In these lessons teachers plan activities that fully engage pupils’ interest and make them think hard. It is not yet an outstanding school because a few lessons require improvement. In these, pace is too slow and whole-class work predominates, so that too little time left for pupils to work on individual tasks.

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Oak Tree Primary School, Jubilee Way North, Oak Tree Lane Estate

Inspection date: February 2014

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, June 2011

Comments: The headteacher has tackled underperformance in teaching and increased its effectiveness throughout the school. Another reason that pupils who are currently at the school make good progress is that the teaching is interesting and effective. It is not yet an outstanding school because Standards are below average overall. Occasionally, the most able pupils are not made to think hard about applying what they have learned in mathematics to solve problems. Spelling is not taught as effectively in some classes as others.

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Peafield Lane Primary and Nursery School, Litton Road, Mansfield Woodhouse

Newly formed academy not yet inspected

Sherwood Junior School, Sherwood Street, Warsop

Inspection date: May 2014

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Requires improvement, April 2013

Comments: As a result of stable staffing and much better consistency in teaching pupils are making good progress across the school. Progress in mathematics is particularly strong. The quality of teaching is good enabling pupils to make good progress from their starting points. It is not yet an outstanding school because progress of pupils in reading and writing is not as strong as that in mathematics and in Years 3 and 4 it is not as fast as in Years 5 and 6.

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St Edmund’s CofE (C) Primary School, Church Hill Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse

Inspection date: June 2015

Rating: Requires improvement

Previous rating: Requires improvement, June 2014

Comments: Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement. The rate of progress at the school slowed, understandably, during the autumn 2014, while significant changes were happening in the senior leadership of the school. Pupils are responding to the changes with some enthusiasm. Reading is emphasised more strongly than previously and the pupils are reading more as a result, both at school and at home.

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St Patrick’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School, Ling Forest Road

Newly formed academy not yet inspected

St Peter’s CofE Primary School, Bellamy Road

Inspection date: September 2014

Rating: Requires improvement

Previous rating: Requires improvement, June 2014

Comments: Collectively, the staff have revised the school’s policy on marking and it is apparent from talking to the pupils and looking at their work that the teachers are putting the revisions into practice. More is now expected of the members of staff with leadership responsibilities.

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St Philip Neri With St Bede Catholic Voluntary Academy, Rosemary Street

Newly formed academy, not yet inspected

Sutton Road Primary School, Moor Lane

Inspection date: November 2015

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, May 2012

Comments: The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. The school’s governing body is effective. Governors are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve their potential and make progress that is nothing less than good. Teaching is good in all key stages in the school. Teachers work as a united team who collaborate well to share ideas and learn from each other. Pupils’ attendance this year is in line with the latest nationally published averages.

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Wainwright Primary Academy, Harrop White Road

Inspection date: May 2015

Rating: Special measures

Previous rating: Special measures, January, 2015

Comments: Improve the quality of teaching and raise pupil’s attainment by ensuring teachers use their assessments to plan work that challenges pupils of all abilities to do well, ensuring that spoken and written feedback to pupils is effective in ensuring that pupils know how to improve their work. Urgently strengthen the impact of leadership by ensuring that leaders at all levels have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to play their full part in driving school improvement.

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Wynndale Primary School, Wynndale Drive

Inspection date: October 2011

Rating: Good

Previous rating:

Comments: Pupils make an outstanding contribution to the life and ethos of the school. A highly effective Early Years Foundation Stage enables children to make a good start to school. Teaching and learning are good. In most lessons teachers’ planning takes account of the different learning needs of pupils to ensure a good level of challenge for all groups of pupils in most lessons.

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