Sheffield Academy’s standards rising

Sudents at Meadowhead School 'collect GCSE results
Sudents at Meadowhead School 'collect GCSE results

Standards are continuing to rise with pupils making good progress at one of Sheffield’s largest schools, inspectors have found.

Meadowhead Secondary has been rated ‘good’ in all categories in its first inspection since it became an academy trust.

A strong feature of the school was the students’ good levels of achievement in English and maths, with the majority of them enjoying good or outstanding teaching in class.

The youngsters behaved well in and around the school and enjoyed their studies.

The structure of the curriculum was strongly matched to the needs of students, boosting their achievement and personal development.

As a result pupils had excellent experiences and were very well prepared for their next phase in education, training or employment.

Attainment at GCSE in almost all subjects was found to be consistently and significantly above average, something which was expected to continue.

Inspectors felt the students’ spiritual, moral, cultural and social development was a strength of the school and supported them to take their place in modern Britain.

Leadership at all levels of the school was ambitious for all the children, with staff committed to a clear vision of continued improvement.

The new sixth form was led effectively and students received good teaching, advice and guidance which supported their good progress.

Attendance levels were above average and an effective support team had led to further significant improvements in the records of disadvantaged youngsters.

Areas to look at included some groups of students who were not doing as well as they could, and teaching that was not yet consistently outstanding.

Not all the lessons were planned well enough to ensure students made rapid and sustained progress, while improvement plans were not checked with enough consistency and rigour.