Ivanhoe School was praised by MP Caroline Flint this week as “certainly one of the most distinctive schools in Don Valley”, after her visit to the school.
Ivanhoe, which is rated good by Ofsted, boasts 100% attainment for maths and 100% for punctuation and spelling.
Ofsted reported: “Pupils leave the school attaining standards in reading, writing and mathematics that are constantly above that expected for their age and above other pupils of the same age nationally.”
Said Caroline: “In Joe Brian, Ivanhoe has a first rate, longstanding and passionate headteacher. From day one, the school encourages pupils to be creative and to learn to love education. The pupils earn purple sweatshirts for 100% reading, red for 100% attendance and green for year six. It was great to see children proud of their achievements at school.
“I met so many home-grown, enthusiastic young teachers and committed staff, proud to work at this independent-minded, academy.”
The MP had a tour of the school, handled a quick fire Q&A from year 5 pupils and had a selfie with year 6 teacher Victoria Fletcher.
Said headteacher Joe Brian: “I'm proud of the fact that this school was the best performing school in Doncaster in 2017. As our MP, who has been visiting local schools regularly for 20 years, Caroline has a brilliant overview of the changes in personnel and policy in Doncaster over that period. Her insights are both interesting and helpful in this time of rapid change for education. I felt like I was talking to someone who has a good assessment of the situation and who cares. That’s what we need from Doncaster’s representatives.
“I was also delighted by the way Caroline engaged with the pupils – and their knowledge of her and intelligent questions.”
Ivanhoe school has 310 pupils plus 61 in the nursery, which opens from 7.30am-5.30pm.
Top right: Selfie with Year 6 teacher Victoria Sedgwick.
Left: Caroline reading with Dexter (Year 1), Amelie (Year 2), Sam (Year 2) and Eric (Year 1).
Bottom right: Caroline with Business Manager Christine Foster and Head Joe Brian.
Bottom left: Caroline reads with Sam (Year 2) and Erin (Year 1)