Sheffield primary needs to improve

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Problems have been found by inspectors at a Sheffield primary school which has been told it needs to improve.

St Mary’s Church of England Primary at Walkley has made progress since its last check up, when it was rated inadequate.

But the pupils’ progress and attainment in writing is still not good enough, while the teaching is not consistent enough to help all the pupils achieve their best.

That was found to be especially true for youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special needs.

Children didn’t always understand what they needed to do to reach their necessary targets, while homework policies across the school were not clear enough.

Inspectors felt the pupils’ behaviour needed to improve while recent improvements in attendance had yet to be sustained across a whole school year.

Progress had been made in improving teaching but senior staff were not doing enough to deal with remaining issues.

It was felt that, while governors were supportive, they were still not effective enough in holding the school to account and driving improvement forwards.

But inspectors also found strengths, with pupils making good progress in reading with standards close to the national average.

Teaching for older children was consistently good, while maintaining effective care of the pupils was at the heart of school life.

And the headteacher was found to be tenacious in driving improvement in teaching and learning.