Sheffield junior school celebrates improved Ofsted report

Nether Green Junior School, Fulwood Road, has acheived a good rating from Ofsted. Picture: Andrew Roe

Nether Green Junior School, Fulwood Road, has acheived a good rating from Ofsted. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Senior leaders and governors at a Sheffield school have been praised for facing challenges and improving it.

Nether Green Junior School has been rated as good by inspectors from education Government watchdog Ofsted – a step up from its previous inspection which found it required improvement.

Inspectors found senior leaders and governors had the necessary vision to make changes which ensure pupils are now provided with good quality education and, as a result, their achievement has improved.

Teaching is now good across the school and pupils make good overall progress and a higher proportion than average make outstanding progress in their learning.

Pupils’ conduct around the Fulwood Road school was found to be exemplary and they demonstrate good attitudes to their learning.

The school offers a rich and varied curriculum which inspires and enthuses pupils who are well prepared for the next stage of their education.

Provision for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs was also said to be exceptional across the school.

Lead inspector Hilary Ward said: “The school is a friendly, warm and harmonious community.

“The headteacher and deputy headteacher have worked hard to raise standards. All staff share their vision and commitment to enabling pupils to achieve at the highest level they possibly can and to love learning.”

To further improve, the school has been told to raise teaching quality and develop pupils’ understanding of staying safe on the internet.

It must also improve leadership and management by continuing to develop the skills of middle managers in leading their subject areas.

Susan Jackson, head-teacher, said: “The report was very positive, and the staff and governors of the school were very pleased.

“We feel it recognises the hard work and commitment of everybody at the school over the last 17 months.

“We were especially proud the Ofsted team recognised ‘the school is a friendly, warm and harmonious community,’ which enables ‘pupils to achieve at the highest level they can and to love learning’, while ensuring ‘the school offers a rich and varied curriculum which inspires and enthuses pupils.’

“The pupils deserve a special mention as they acted, as they always do, as fabulous advocates for the school.

“Ofsted noted steps they think we need to be taking next – these are areas we had already identified and we are already taking action to continue our improvement.”