Children’s bright ideas making club a success

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A Sheffield after-school club has been rated as outstanding by inspectors – with staff found to have an excellent understanding of the children in their care.

Project Buzz, based at Springfield Primary School, Broomhall, has 73 youngsters on its register and is open every day from 3.15pm in term time.

The club was found to offer a wealth of activities which all the children enjoyed, and they were also fully involved in their planning.

Children were found to be happy and secure and were making excellent progress in their learning.

The youngsters were extremely well behaved and found their efforts and achievements were appreciated by their carers.

The club was also found to have strong partnerships with parents, the primary school and a range of other professionals.

Staff and volunteers were all found to be well qualified and enthusiastic.

Parent Helen Honour said: “I never doubted the club was outstanding, but to get this rating from Ofsted is a tribute to the work that goes on.”

Nine-year-old Farah El-Azizi said: “Our after-school club is outstanding, amazing and fun, it’s the best club I have ever been to. The staff are fun and helpful.”

Manager Paula Higgins said she was already planning further improvements based on feedback from the inspectors.

The Lottery-funded club runs fun-packed holiday activities like trips to the seaside, rock climbing and street dance.

Children are involved in planning the activities using aids like a wish tree, an action board, communication cards, circle time and postcards. They can even email or text staff with ideas.