Sheffield primary gets near perfect inspection report

Pupils and staff from Dore Primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report. Picture: Andrew Roe
Pupils and staff from Dore Primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report. Picture: Andrew Roe

Pupils and staff at a Sheffield primary school are celebrating after receiving a near perfect inspection report.

Dore Primary School, on Furniss Avenue, Dore, has been rated as outstanding in four out of five categories by inspectors from Government watchdog Ofsted – improving on the good verdict reached in 2009.

The only area which failed to land an outstanding rating was the school’s early years provision, which inspectors found to be ‘good’.

Headteacher Sue Hopkinson, who retires from her post in July after seven years, was delighted.

She said: “Having waited for more than a year for the lunchtime phone call which would herald the arrival of an Ofsted inspection team the next day, it was somewhat of a relief when the call finally came.

“Just before Easter we welcomed a team of three inspectors who were eager to spend much time chatting to children at all times of the school day and in all places to get a feel of what Team Dore offers its pupils.

“Our awesome children and awesome staff did us proud, showing off the very best of our school. We were delighted to be judged an outstanding school.”

According to the report, pupils make outstanding progress and when they finish Year 6 they reach well-above the average in English and maths. Disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs also reach above average standards.

Teaching was found to be outstanding, with staff skilled at questioning pupils’ understanding and helping them think carefully and gain deeper knowledge. Teachers are committed to planning activities to engage and stimulate imagination.

Pupils were praised for their outstanding behaviour. Inspectors said their attitude in lessons is exemplary and found they enjoy coming to school and are eager to participate.

The headteacher was passionate about ‘ensuring that pupils receive the best moral and academic education possible’.

Senior and middle leaders were rigorous in their monitoring of teaching and learning. They identify any dips in standards and resolve issues with appropriate training or interventions.

Teachers were well supported and trained which has led to notable improvements in teaching quality.

Governors were extremely well informed and took an active role in all aspects of school life.

Inspectors said the school could further improve by making sure children are better prepared academically for Year 1 by ensuring self-selected activities planned by adults and teaching that accompanies them are of a higher standard and when checking children’s understanding teachers respond quickly by adapting teaching.