Top Sheffield school is ‘inadequate’

St John Fisher Primary School at Hackenthorpe which has been placed in special measures after getting and outstanding Ofsted report only 6 years ago
St John Fisher Primary School at Hackenthorpe which has been placed in special measures after getting and outstanding Ofsted report only 6 years ago

The headteacher of a formerly outstanding school now ranked as ‘inadequate’ has vowed to turn it back around.

Ofsted inspectors found on their latest visit to St John Fisher Catholic Primary School in Hackenthorpe that it now requires special measures.

The school had been rated outstanding in its previous inspection in 2007.

Headteacher Frank Barratt, who took over in September, said: “St John Fisher is a very special community and I am totally and utterly determined to get the school back to where our children and families deserve it to be - and I won’t stop until we do it.

“I would like to reassure parents the children’s education is of paramount importance to us, which is why addressing this report is our number one priority.”

Inspectors found a below average number of pupils in Year 6 reached expected levels in exams last year, and attainment was ‘too low’.

Teachers ‘do not expect enough from pupils’, have some subject knowledge weakness, and leadership ‘over time’ has been too weak to sustain formerly high achievement, the report added.

Mr Barratt, who was praised for leading improvement which has seen pupil achievement rise, said it was ‘disappointing’ but work was under way.

A new deputy head and staff have been recruited, and plans developed.

The school is also to be ‘rebranded’ to showcase its fresh start and SATS results this year are much improved, he added.

Mr Barratt said inspectors’ views were shaped by ‘outstanding issues’ and a review based on 2012 data.

n Read the full inspection report at Ofsted Inspection Report