Sheffield school is improving rapidly

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Rapid improvement was found at a Sheffield school by inspectors who praised excellent leadership from its headteacher.

Wharncliffe Side Primary School has been rated ‘good’ – up a grade since its last check up, when it was found to require improvement.

Annie Leach, headteacher at the Brightolmlee Lane school said everyone was delighted with the outcome of the inspection.

Inspectors from education watchdog Ofsted said that from different starting points, pupils of all abilities were making good progress in reading, writing and maths.

Teaching was found to be good across the school and aspects of it were becoming outstanding, with marking of pupils’ work often exemplary.

Pupils with special needs in the school’s integrated resource unit were particularly well supported, so they made good progress in their learning and personal development.

Inspectors said provision for the youngest children was effective and they were making good progress because their teaching was good.

Behaviour was good both in lessons and around the school, and pupils said they felt extremely safe.

An exciting curriculum and the culture of the school was leading to the provision of outstanding elements in the children’s spiritual, moral and social development.

Senior staff were found to be making rigorous checks on the quality of the school’s performance and teaching, which were both improving and ensuring the school was continuing to get even better.

Governors had reviewed their roles and were now proactive in finding out for themselves what was happening in school and how well pupils were achieving.

They were also ambitious to improve the school still further.

Inspectors felt there was still work to do on improving teaching even further, particularly to boost the pupils’ spelling, punctuation and grammar.

And the children did not always display their methods of calculations in maths, so were unable to check their answers accurately for errors.

Mrs Leach said: “The children, staff and governors have worked tirelessly to bring about improvements.

“As always, we are grateful for the support we receive from our parents, carers and the community we work in.

“Our school is a very special place and we want to go onto even greater things.”