‘Good’ verdict for Sheffield infant site

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Extremely happy pupils were found by inspectors at a Sheffield infant school which has been rated as ‘good’.

Every child matters at Nether Green Infant School, said their report, which found youngsters enjoyed lessons, felt safe and were proud of their school.

Pupils were achieving well too so that, by the time they were ready to leave, standards in reading, writing and maths were significantly above the national average.

Teaching was rated as good overall and was sometimes outstanding, with enthusiastic staff making sure pupils were inspired to learn with interesting lessons.

Inspectors found pupils’ behaviour was exemplary, with outstanding attitudes to learning, and in school they were kind, considerate and polite to one another.

There was praise too for the youngsters’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Inspectors found the school was making excellent use of pupil premium funding, designed to support youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds.

As a result the gap between attainment of these pupils and other children in the school was closing rapidly.

Effective leadership was being provided by the headteacher, Bridget Ball, who had developed a strong team of staff committed to improving teaching.

The school was also found to have an accurate view of its strengths and weaknesses and used the information to improve education further.

However, inspectors found teaching was not of consistently high quality to bring about outstanding achievement and work planned was not always hard enough for pupils, whose work was not always presented neatly.

And it was found skills learned in English lessons were not always applied to the children’s writing in other subjects.