Academy conversion boosts fortunes at Sheffield school

St Ann's Catholic Primary School, Stocksbridge
St Ann's Catholic Primary School, Stocksbridge

Staff and pupils at a Sheffield primary school improved since converting to an academy, inspectors have discovered.

St Ann’s Catholic Primary, in Stocksbridge, has been rated as good by inspectors from Government education watchdog Ofsted – the first inspection since it changed status in December 2013.

The school was found to be requiring improvement when it was previously inspected.

Inspector Andrew Clark visited the school, on McIntyre Road, for two days in June where he observed teaching and learning and sat in on a number of lessons.

He praised headteacher Sarah Eady, senior staff and governors for strongly improving quality of teaching and pupils’ achievements.

He found that the provision in early years is outstanding and children make excellent progress in preparation for year one.

Pupils of all abilities are also making food progress throughout the academy in reading, writing, maths and other subjects and have increasingly good skills for improving their own learning.

Children with special educational needs also achieve well in a ‘stimulating and caring’ environment.

Quality of teaching was praised, with teachers having high expectations and the curriculum is well planned.

Speaking about the pupils in his inspection report, Mr Clark wrote: “Pupils’ behaviour and safety are good.

“Pupils are thoughtful and attentive. They consider the needs of others, and older pupils take good care of younger pupils and those new to the school.”

To improve further the school must build of the already good and improving teaching to accelerate pupils’ learning.

Mr Clark said pupils must make maximum use of time in lessons for effective learning, improve their ability to evaluate the quality of their own work and make sure children consistently develop and use fluent handwriting.