Sheffield primary told it needs to improve after inspectors find standards have slipped

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Standards at a Sheffield primary school have slipped and it now requires improvement, inspectors have ruled.

Progress among younger pupils at Stradbroke Primary School is variable and has been below average, reflecting slower advances made by boys and disadvantaged youngsters, according to a report by inspectors from education watchdog Ofsted.

Dave Smith, executive headteacher, said: “We were all disappointed with the inspection.

“We already were working on areas that needed development. All the staff are very motivated and working hard for the benefit of all the children.”

Further up the school, disadvantaged pupils were not doing as well as the others, while teaching assistants were not always used effectively to support learning in an out of the classroom.

In their report, the inspectors said the most able Key Stage 1 children had not been given sufficient opportunities to extend their skills in reading and writing.

While the situation was better at Key Stage 2, when youngsters found tasks too easy their attention levels fell and their progress slowed.

Pupils in the school’s special needs unit also did not learn as well as they could, because they could not always play a full part in learning activities.

Monitoring teaching quality had not always been effective in ensuring all subjects were taught equally well to all year groups.

However, inspectors said Mr Smith and the leadership team have a clear view of how successful Stradbroke can be.

Maths and IT lessons had improved, while the youngest children were taught well and making good progress.

Pupils were happy and polite, took care of their environment and wore their uniforms with pride.

Mr Smith said there were many positive aspects to the school, most notably the children.

He said: “The progress the children make across the school, often from relatively low starting points, is, in many cases, amazing.