‘Outstanding’ students on their best behaviour

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The behaviour of students at a Sheffield secondary school is “outstanding”, according to Ofsted inspectors.

Bradfield pupils are “a real asset. They are invariably friendly, polite and courteous towards each other, visitors and their teachers. They are a credit to the school and their families.

“Consequently, the school is a well ordered and calm place of learning where relationships are warm, friendly and built upon a foundation of mutual respect.”

Overall, Bradfield School, in Worrall, is described as “good” in its first Ofsted inspection since becoming an academy specialising in science, technology, engineering and maths.

It is not yet an “outstanding” school because not enough teaching is at that standard. “Some lessons, for example in science, do not present enough challenge for more able students or give them opportunities to work independently.”

In addition, students’ work is not marked often enough.

Students should be given more opportunities to work in groups or independently so they can find out things for themselves, and teachers are being urged to learn from each other about what works best in the classroom.

Bradfield was scrutinised over two days earlier this month.

While the highest praise is reserved for pupils, who are described as “extremely well behaved” and “justifiably proud members of the Bradfield School community”, the quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and leadership and management is rated “good”.

Last year most students left the school with at least five A* to C grades at GCSE, with especially good performances in English, geography and history. Maths was below expectations, but “decisive and effective action” has been taken, and students are now making progress above national averages.

Headteacher David Conway, who was praised by Ofsted for “visible, strong leadership”, said: “The things they identified that we needed to work on we already knew about and had in our action plan.

“Praise to the students is something we have said for a long time.

“The inspectors commented on how hard our staff work in making sure there are good relationships between pupils, and pupils and staff. I’m very pleased with it.”