School bouncing back to success

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Rapid improvement has been found by inspectors at a leading Sheffield secondary - two years after it was given a third class rating.

King Edward VII School in Broomhill is now back on track and ranked as ‘good’ overall – with an outstanding sixth form.

Problems were found during its last check up, with Ofsted finding that it required improvement.

But a two-day visit earlier this month discovered the school now has outstanding leadership and management at all levels, driving it forward very strongly and successfully since the last inspection.

As a result, and with support from the governors, there had been rapid improvement to the quality of teaching and to pupils’ achievement levels.

Students were found to have positive and mature attitudes to learning and they were eager to give their best.

Their behaviour was good, they felt safe in school and the vast majority were proud of their school.

The youngsters’ attendance had also improved and was now above average, the inspectors found.

Checks discovered the quality of teaching had improved significantly – it was now good and sometimes its impact was outstanding.

Teachers had very good subject knowledge and expected their pupils to work hard in class – and were rarely disappointed.

Academic achievement by the students had improved significantly since 2013 and their attainment at GCSE was now above average.

Sixth form students were achieving outstandingly well with a very high proportion going on to higher education, many at top universities.

Headteacher Beverley Jackson said everyone at the school was delighted with the verdict.

She said: “There is no area of school life that has not been commented on favourably.

“Inspectors acknowledged that steps taken to improve the school are reaping a fine harvest.”