Change of fortunes for ‘good’ Sheffield school

Celebrations: Anne Quaile, headteacher, and deputy head Paul Hurst with pupils at Handsworth Grange College. PICTURE: STUART HASTINGS.
Celebrations: Anne Quaile, headteacher, and deputy head Paul Hurst with pupils at Handsworth Grange College. PICTURE: STUART HASTINGS.
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A SHEFFIELD school has transformed its fortunes by scoring a top education rating three years after it was placed in special measures.

Pupils and teachers at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College are celebrating achieving a ‘good’ mark across the board in its latest Ofsted report.

Inspectors who visited the site in May said leaders had ‘successfully improved achievement, teaching quality, behaviour and attendance’.

They also praised some ‘outstanding’ teaching and the good behaviour of students in the report.

Anne Quaile, headteacher at the Handsworth Grange Road school, said: “We are absolutely thrilled.

“This was what we’ve been working for, every single person in the school, from teachers, other staff, parents and primarily the pupils.

“It is the result of very hard work in the time since we were placed in special measures.”

An inspection in September 2008 placed Handsworth Grange in special measures to improve.

Since then the school, which has more than 1,000 pupils, has progressed quickly and in March 2010 it was judged to no longer have the special status.

But staff, pupils, governors and parents are still aiming for top marks - and a rating of ‘outstanding’.

The latest Ofsted report said the school needed to develop teaching and ensure monitoring focuses on the ‘impact of actions on student progress’ to improve further.

Ms Quaile added: “Our five A* to C GCSE achievement has improved year on year. Last year we were the most improved school in Sheffield.

“We’re aiming for outstanding.

“We’re just going to carry on not resting on our laurels and we will carry on trying to improve the school experience for all of our kids.”