Ofsted’s best and worst schools in Chesterfield

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Some 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 and for ease of finding secondary schools will be after primary schools.

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.

Abercrombie Primary School, Higher Albert Street

Inspection Date: July 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, March 2012

Comments: Pupils make good overall progress during their time in the school and achieve well. Standards are usually above national averages in English and mathematics when pupils leave the school at the end of Year 6. The school has maintained its longstanding strengths in looking after the pupils well. It is not yet an outstanding school because reachers do not always adjust the work set in lessons to fully challenge all pupils.

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Barrow Hill Primary School, Station Road, Barrow Hill

Inspection Date: May, 2014

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Requires improvement

Comments: The school has improved significantly since the previous inspection. The headteacher has very high expectations of everyone and her

strong focus on improving pupils’ achievement through high-quality teaching has raised standards across the school. Pupils continue to make good progress across each key stage, behaviour is good and parents greatly value the work that the school is doing with their children. It is not yet outstanding because teachers do not always ensure that pupils apply the skills that they have learnt in spelling, handwriting and punctuation in all their writing and in a few lessons, more-able pupils are not set work that is sufficiently challenging to help them reach the higher levels of attainment.

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Brampton Primary School, School Board Lane, Brampton

Inspection Date: April 2015

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Requires improvement, September 2013

Comments: They have successfully improved the quality of teaching and learning since the previous inspection. Both are now good, and the school continues to improve. Children make good progress in Nursery and Reception and begin to be able to read, write and count. Attendance is above average. It is not yet an outstanding school because errors recur in spelling, grammar and punctuation because teachers do not routinely expect pupils to correct them.

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Brimington Junior School Spring Vale Road, Brimington

Inspection Date: January 2014

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, July 2012

Comments: All groups of pupils achieve well and make good progress. Pupils’ attainment in national tests at the end of Year 6 has improved significantly in the last two years and is above the national average.  Teaching is good. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make progress that is as good as others in the school because of the good support they receive. However, the questions teachers put to pupils in class are not always sharp enough to probe and extend their learning.

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Brimington Manor Infant School, Manor Road, Brimington Common

Inspection Date: December 2011

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, January 2007

Comments: This small, friendly school provides pupils with a good education. Attainment is well above average and all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, make good progress. They achieve well. Teaching and the curriculum are good and pupils benefit from brisk, lively lessons and interesting activities, mostly well-matched to their needs. On rare occasions the work planned does not match the needs of all pupils within the class. Staff provide extra support and challenge to pupils who need it during lessons, especially the most and least able.

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Brockwell Junior School, Purbeck Avenue, Loundsley Green

Inspection Date: April 2011

Rating: Outstanding

Previous rating: Outstanding, May 2008

Comments: Pupils of all abilities flourish in an extremely caring environment and as a result, achieve exceptionally high standards in both personal and academic development. Parents are unanimous in their support for the school Teachers have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour and response and they establish excellent working habits. By the time that pupils leave the school, they are confident and independent. They rise to the challenge of work that really makes them think. Teachers also provide excellent guidance for their pupils.

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Brockwell Nursery and Infant School, Purbeck Avenue

Inspection Date: September 2007

Rating: Outstanding

Previous rating: Outstanding, 2005

Comments: As a result of excellent teaching, children make outstanding gains in their learning so that when they leave at Year 2 standards are consistently well above average and sometimes exceptionally high. Despite these very good results, the staff have not been complacent.

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Cavendish Junior School, Edmund Street, Newbold Moor

Inspection Date: January 2014

Rating: Requires improvement

Previous rating: Good, October 2012

Comments:  Pupils’ achievement is not consistently good over time.  Attainment by the end of Year 6 in 2013 was low in reading and mathematics. Teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve, especially the more-able pupils, have not always been high enough.  Leaders and staff are now taking much more effective action to raise achievement and improve teaching.  Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school.

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Christ Church CofE Primary School, Tapton View Road, Stonegravels,

Inspection Date: July 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, May 2011

Comments: Pupils of all abilities make good progress throughout the school. By Year 6, standards in English and mathematics are currently average and rising steadily.  Teaching is consistently good. It is not yet an outstanding school because not all marking tells pupils how well they have achieved, or how to make further progress.  Pupils do not have opportunities in all subjects to practise the specific skills they learn in literacy and numeracy lessons.  Not all pupils attend school as often as they should.

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Duckmanton Primary School, West Crescent, Duckmanton

Inspection Date: May 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, April 2010

Comments:  Pupils make good progress from starting points which are below those expected nationally for their age.  The school is a calm and well-ordered community. Pupils enjoy school and work hard. They behave well and feel safe.  Lesson activities promote thorough learning and good understanding. School leaders keep a close check on the quality of teaching. However,  Although good overall, pupils’ achievement in writing is not as good as in reading or mathematics.

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Dunston Primary and Nursery School, Dunston Lane, Newbold

Inspection Date: May 2015

Rating: Requires improvement

Previous rating: : Inadequate, October 2014

Comments:  Although pupils are safe whilst they are in school, senior leaders, including governors, have not made sure that all safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures fully reflect the latest statutory guidance. Pupils’ grammar, punctuation and spelling are not as strong as other aspects of their writing.  A small amount of teaching requires improvement.

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Gilbert Heathcote Nursery and Infant School, Scarsdale Road

Inspection Date: April 2014

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, November 2010

Comments: Gilbert Heathcote Nursery and Infant School provides its pupils with a good standard of education. Since the previous inspection, the school has tackled the areas suggested for development well, especially in relation to the improvement of the outside areas for pupils of all ages.

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Hady Primary School, Hady Lane, Hady

Inspection Date: February 2014

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, April 2012

Comments: Pupils’ progress has improved and is now consistently good. Attainment at Key Stage 2 has risen and is above average. Sometimes teachers do not have high enough expectations of pupils’ work rate in lessons and in the presentation of their work in books.

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Hasland Infant School, Eyre Street East, Hasland

Inspection Date: March 2012

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, September 2011

Comments: Hasland Infant School has made rapid and impressive improvement since the previous inspection and is judged by inspectors to be a good school. This is because of the strong focus on improving the quality of teaching, the good and revised policies and procedures in place to keep pupils safe, and good and determined leadership and management from the headteacher and senior leaders. The school is not outstanding because pupils’ could make faster progress in some aspects of their work.

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Hasland Junior School, Broomfield Avenue, Hasland

Inspection Date: May 2012

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Outstanding September 2008

Comments: This is a good school. The school is highly committed to an inclusive ethos and has very high expectations of both staff and pupils. Behaviour is typically good, sometimes outstanding with pupils showing very positive attitudes to learning. Pupils are polite, courteous and respectful to both adults and peers.

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Heath Primary School, Slack Lane, Heath

Inspection Date: June 2011

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good

Comments: Heath Primary is a good school. It has some outstanding features. Leaders and managers have set the establishment of a highly effective partnership with parents and carers at the heart of its drive to ensure improvement in outcomes for pupils. This has had a positive impact on pupils’ good level of achievement and well-being. The school has a very caring ethos and supports individuals well. To improve further the school needs to improve pupils’ level of attainment and increase their rate of progress by ensuring that the quality of marking and verbal feedback to pupils consistently ensure that all pupils have a clear understanding of the targets for their next steps in learning.

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Henry Bradley Infant School, Princess Street, Brimington,

Inspection Date: May 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Outstanding, March 2007

Comments: Pupils achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching is typically good and it has some outstanding features. As a result, pupils make good progress from relatively low starting points on entry to the nursery.  Leadership and management are good. Pupils behave well and are keen to learn. The governing body supports the school well, and is clear about what it is aiming to achieve. However, there is not enough outstanding teaching to speed up pupils’ achievement further.  In Reception, some pupils do not make sufficient progress in developing their communication skills.  The school’s efforts have led to improvements in attendance, but it remains below average.

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Highfield Hall Primary School, Highfield Lane

Inspection Date: April 2014

Rating: Requires improvement

Previous rating: Good, January 2009

Comments:  Pupils do not make consistently good progress throughout the school. Progress was slower in 2013 than in previous years and not enough pupils reached the higher level 5 in the national tests. Teachers do not always help pupils to think more deeply about their learning in lessons to support the development of their attitudes to learning and on occasions they do not have high enough expectations of how much pupils can learn in lessons and set work that is hard enough for the most able.

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Hollingwood Primary School, Lilac Street, Hollingwood,

Inspection Date: March 2014

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Requires improvement, November 2012

Comments: Pupils make good progress from their starting points in all key stages. They attain average standards by the time they leave the school. Progress is much improved since the previous inspection. This is because teaching is good overall, and some is outstanding.

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Holme Hall Primary School, Taddington Road

Inspection Date: February 2014

Rating: Requires improvement

Previous rating: Good, March 2011

Comments: Standards at the end of Year 6 have been inconsistent since the last inspection. In 2013 they fell and were below average. Standards at the end of Year 2 have declined over the past three years. Teaching requires improvement because not enough has been of a good or better quality to ensure that pupils make rapid progress. The progress made in mathematics is slower than in reading and writing. Pupils do not have enough opportunities to use their mathematical skills in other subjects.

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Mary Swanwick Community Primary School, Church Street North, Old Whittington

Inspection Date: January 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, March 2011

Comments: From low starting points, all pupils make good progress and achieve well. Attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is above average by Year 6. It is not yet an outstanding school because Teaching is consistently good rather than outstanding. In some lessons, pupils have insufficient time to learn on their own and work is not always precisely matched to their abilities.

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Old Hall Junior School, Old Road

Inspection Date: April 2014
Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, November 2010

Comments: The school provides a good standard of education. It has a welcoming and happy environment in which pupils thrive, behave well and work hard. Lessons are calm and orderly, and pupils show good attitudes to their learning. Achievement is good and pupils reach standards that are well above those expected by the time they move on to their secondary schools.

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Poolsbrook Primary School, Cottage Close, Poolsbrook,

Inspection Date: 19–20 September 2012

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Satisfactory, May 2011

Comments: From starting points that are below average, pupils make good progress. Their attainment in English and mathematics is average by the end of Year 6.  Pupils are taught well. Behaviour is good, Pupils feel safe in school. The school is led and managed well. The governing body provides a good level of challenge to the headteacher in order to secure the best for pupils. It is not yet outstanding because, not enough pupils exceed the national rates and not enough of them reach above-average standards in English and mathematics for their achievement to be graded outstanding. Attendance has improved, however it remains below average because there are still a few families whose children attend too infrequently.

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Speedwell Infant School, College Avenue, Staveley, Chesterfield, S43 3JJ

Inspection Date: 2–3 October 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, May 2010

Comments: Children make an excellent start to their education in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The pupils reach levels of attainment in line with national averages by the time they leave in Year 2. Most of the teaching is good and occasionally outstanding as teachers provide pupils with activities which are well matched to their individual needs. However, not enough pupils achieve Level 3 at the end of Key Stage 1 in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils are not consistently challenged to apply their mathematical skills to problem solving.

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Spire Junior School, Jawbones Hill, Derby Road

Inspection Date: July 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Outstanding, June 2008

Comments: The headteacher, senior leadership team and governors have high expectations of both pupils and staff. They have been successful in bringing about improvements, particularly in the teaching of writing.  Progress is good in all year groups and, by the end of Year 6, pupils reach standards that are often above average in reading, writing and mathematics. It is not yet an outstanding school because  pupils do not take enough care over their spelling, and careless mistakes go uncorrected.

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Spire Nursery and Infant School, Derby Road

Inspection Date: 6–7 October 2011

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, January 2007

Comments: This is a good school where pupils make good progress. The school is particularly successful in enabling the progress and achievement of its pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities While there was a slight dip in performance following the last inspection, standards remained average by Year 2 but have been improving steadily over the past two years.

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St Joseph’s Catholic and CofE (VA) Primary School, Calver Cresent, Staveley

Inspection Date: May 2014

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Requires improvement, 2013

Comments Pupils achieve well and standards are rising because staff and pupils have risen to the very high expectations the headteacher and governors have of them.  Attendance has improved and is now above average. The school goes the extra mile to help pupils, and, where relevant, their families, overcome issues that might affect learning. However, there is not enough outstanding teaching to help pupils make even faster progress. The roles of staff expected to lead different aspects and subjects within the new curriculum are underdeveloped.

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St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Cross Street

Inspection Date: December 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, January 2012

Comments: Attainment has risen since 2012 and is above average across Key Stages 1 and 2. Current data shows standards are continuing to rise quickly, especially in mathematics and writing. It is not yet an outstanding school because Guidance in pupils’ marked work is not always precise and teachers do not check that pupils follow the advice they have been given. Not enough time is devoted to the arts, history and geography.

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Staveley Junior School, College Avenue, Staveley,

Inspection Date: 22–23 October 2013

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Good, October 2008

Comments: The quality of teaching is good and some teaching is outstanding. As a result, all groups of pupils achieve well and standards are rising steadily.  Pupils read well. Carefully selected initiatives have improved writing since the previous inspection. Behaviour is good because it is managed well. They are eager to learn and to do well. However, In mathematics, marking does not always show pupils how to improve, and pupils do not always do their corrections. The steps to success in school improvement and subject action planning do not focus sufficiently on outcomes for pupils.

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Tibshelf Infant School, High Street, Tibshelf

Inspection date: January 2007

Rating: Outstanding

Previous rating: n/a

Comments: This is an outstanding school and staff, governors, parents and pupils are justifiably proud of the high quality education it provides. Pupils’ outstanding work is celebrated throughout the school and they show a joy in learning. To improve further, the school should implement plans to streamline assessment records.

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Tibshelf Community School, Doe Hill Lane, Tibshelf

Inspection date: November 2013

Rating: Requires improvement

Previous rating: Good

Comments: It is not good because achievement requires improvement, some disadvantaged students and some more-able students are not making rapid enough progress, results in English have fallen and there is not enough consistently good. Positives include good relationships are evident across the school, students say they feel safe in school, and students are well-mannered and polite in their dealings with each other and adults.

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Westfield Infant School, Vincent Crescent, Storrs Road

Inspection Date: April 2009

Rating: Outstanding

Previous rating: Outstanding, June 2006

Comments: This is an ambitious school that puts pupils’ needs at the heart of all it does. Achievement is high. Against a backdrop of significant staff change, high levels of performance noted in the last inspection have been maintained and some key improvements implemented. The school is outward looking and is highly effective at involving all parents and the local community as well as engaging in many other successful partnerships that enhance the quality of provision

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Whitecotes Primary School, Whitecotes Lane, Walton

Inspection Date: January 2015

Rating: Inadequate

Previous rating: Requires improvement, Jan 2013

Comments: In Years 2 to 4, standards are low and pupils’ achievement is inadequate. Teachers do not make the most effective use of teaching assistants to speed up pupils’ learning.  Pupils’ speaking and listening skills are not well developed. The school has the following strengths The Early Years Foundation Stage is led and managed well. Children enjoy a wide range of stimulating activities, especially indoors. They are better taught than most older pupils, so they achieve well.  Pupils in Year 6 are now making fast progress.

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William Rhodes Primary School, Hunloke Avenue, Boythorpe,

Inspection date: November 2015

Rating: Requires improvement

Previous rating: Satisfactory, 2013

Comments: Since the last inspection, leaders and governors have not ensured that pupils’ outcomes have improved enough in Key Stages 1 and 2. Teaching, learning and assessment are not yet good in all year groups. Attendance is still too low. The most-able pupils are not always challenged. The school website does not comply with the legal regulations to publish the information required. However, the early years provision is rated as good.

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SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Brookfield Community School, Chatsworth Road,

Inspection Date: December 2014

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Not previously inspected as an academy

Comments: Students make good progress and consistently reach standards that are above national averages in a wide range of subjects, including English and mathematics. mathematics.  Achievement in mathematics is outstanding.  The academy’s efforts to keep students safe are outstanding. The sixth form is good. Students show strong commitment to their studies as a result of consistently good teaching and the feedback they receive. Not all teachers set tasks that fully stretch or challenge all groups of students, particularly the most able.  The quality of assessment, including marking, is inconsistent,

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Hasland Hall Community School, Broomfield Avenue, Hasland,

Inspection Date: September 2015

Rating: Good

Previous rating: Requires improvement November 2013

Comments: Students are currently making good progress in a wide range of subjects and across different year groups. The school’s 2014 examination results were particularly strong. Teaching has improved since the last inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because a few subject leaders do not do enough to check the progress of all groups of students. Across year groups some of the most-able students, and some who start with low attainment, are not always making consistently good progress.

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Parkside Community School, Boythorpe Avenue, Boythorpe,

Inspection Date: June 2015

Rating: Requires improvement

Previous rating: Requires improvement, November 2014

Comments:  Students’ achievement has not been good enough since the last inspection. Despite improvements this year throughout the school, particularly in English and mathematics, not enough students are making good progress. Although teaching is improving, it is not yet consistently good in all subjects. Teachers do not always keep students interested and involved in lessons. The school has the following strengths Well-chosen staff appointments this year are leading to better teaching and stronger systems to check and improve the school’s performance Staff promote reading well throughout the school.

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Springwell Community College, Middlecroft Road, Staveley,

Inspection Date: February 2014

Rating: Requires improvement

Previous rating: Satisfactory, March 2012

Comments: Students do not make consistently good progress in all subjects. Attainment in science is too low. Though students’ achievement is improving in mathematics, standards remain low The quality of teaching varies too much. Teachers’ expectations are not high enough. The quality of teaching varies too much. The proportion of students gaining five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics, improved dramatically in 2013 and is now in line with the national average.  Achievement in English is good.  Students’ attendance has improved and is now above average.

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St Mary’s Catholic High School, Newbold Road, Upper Newbold,

Inspection Date: October 2012

Rating: Outstanding

Previous rating: Not previously inspected

Comments: All aspects of the school’s work are outstanding. This is because the leaders of the school and the governing body have established a clear ethos around high expectations for all students. Approximately half of the teaching seen during the inspection was outstanding. The sixth form is good as the progress that students make is outstanding in Year 12 and good in Year 13, compared to national expectations. However, attainment is high compared to national averages at the end of the sixth form.

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