Church school moves up a grade after inspection

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A SHEFFIELD church school is on the up after being judged good by inspectors - a grade up on its previous rating.

Good leadership and management has helped Norton Free CE Primary improve at a steady pace.

Rigorous and concerted action taken by the school had been effective in ensuring the quality of both the teaching and curriculum was good.

Relationships with parents were close and a survey found that most of them would recommend the school to other mums, dads or carers.

Pupils of all ages were making good progress and by the time they were ready to move on, youngsters were above average in English - though broadly average in maths.

But work to improve maths results was under way and the children’s progress in that subject was now accelerating.

Pupil behaviour was good and the children themselves said that it had improved.

The youngsters were considerate, polite and respectful to adults and one another.

Senior staff made sure pupils’ skills and abilities were assessed regularly and accurately - and used to pinpoint priorities for improvement.

But inspectors felt the data needed to be used more consistently to make sure that activities were provided to challenge pupils of all abilities, especially the more able.

Headteacher Helena Button, in charge since September 2009, said: “We are all delighted with the outcome of the recent inspection - the whole staff have worked so hard to bring about lasting changes in the way in which children learn, and teachers teach.

“This is now having a significant impact on the outcomes of children, both in progress and attainment.

“Ofsted recognised this and praised the entire staff for their enthusiasm and commitment to these children.”

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