City school is ordered to improve

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A SHEFFIELD primary school has been given an official warning by inspectors after they found pupils were failing to make sufficient progress.

Whiteways Primary at Grimesthorpe has been given a ‘notice to improve’ after it was found to be significantly under-performing.

Inspectors warned major improvements are needed to ensure youngsters do better, especially in English and maths.

Pupils, who between them speak 19 different languages and mostly speak English as an additional language, were found to be starting school with abilities below expected levels.

By the time they left, their attainment levels were well below what they should have been. Girls and more able youngsters were not doing well enough in national tests.

Literacy skills, spelling, punctuation and grammar were below expected levels.

Speech and language skills were improving because of the priority given to providing effective support for those pupils who were at an early stage of speaking English as an additional language, with satisfactory progress made.

Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities were making acceptable progress thanks to effective support from teachers and assistants.

The standard of teaching was improving due to a comprehensive training programme, with strong support from the local education authority.

Staff were effective in using school routines, including lining up for lunch, to train pupils and establish clear expectations.

Pupils behaved well around school and showed consideration to adults and other children, and were consistently well trained in lessons.

The quality of care, guidance and support provided was a particular strength and the school effectively met the social and emotional needs of all children.

But families needed to understand regular attendance was important if youngsters were to reach their potential.