Delight for Sheffield primary after it is taken out of special measures

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A Sheffield primary school has been lifted out of special measures following a ‘good’ Ofsted inspection.

Teacher and parents at Grenoside Community Primary School are celebrating after inspectors from government education watchdog Ofsted said the leadership team had transformed the school.

Inspectors found teaching is consistently good and improving and pupils’ attainment is above average and rapidly improving.

Pamela Smith, headteacher, in a letter to parents, said: “The judgements acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the whole staff team over the past four terms.

“It is pleasing to read about the children’s academic success, as well as how well they are cared for.

“Thank you to all parents for your support and understanding over the past four terms. This has made a considerable contribution to the success of the school.”

The school, which has nearly 350 pupils, was placed in special measures after a 2013 inspection branded it ‘inadequate’.

However, it was all change in the latest report.

Inspector John Coleman praised the school’s leaders and management team.

He said: “Leaders and managers have successfully tackled the inadequacies identified at the last full inspection. Led strongly by the headteacher, rapid improvement is being made to teaching and pupils’ achievement.”

To improve further, the school was told to improve the early years provision and further develop the new arrangements for the curriculum and assessment.

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