Former failing Sheffield school is rated good by inspectors

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A PRIMARY school in Sheffield is continuing on an upward curve after it was rated ‘good’ by a team of inspectors.

Longley Primary on Raisen Hall Road has shown improvement after being found to be satisfactory two years ago – and after it was placed on the failing list in 2006.

Now pupils of all abilities are making good progress right through the school in reading, writing and maths.

The youngest were also making a good start.

Inspectors rated the quality of teaching as good, thanks to well planned and engaging lessons, with staff skilfully using feedback and marking to help pupils improve their own work.

Children’s behaviour was good and they were found to respect their teachers and other adults because they felt valued and well cared for.

Headteacher Mo Andrews and senior staff were praised for setting a clear direction for the school’s development.

Longley has now been challenged to move up to the next level by making sure work for more able pupils is always hard enough and encourages them to think deeply.

Children should use their maths skills to solve real life problems, while inspectors urged the effective use of teaching assistants to maximise pupils’ progress.

Mrs Andrews said: “We are delighted the hard work and commitment of the children, staff and families at Longley Primary has been recognised in such a positive way.

“We have all worked tirelessly since the school came out of special measures in 2008 to ensure the highest quality learning for our children.

“They are an absolute pleasure to work with and we are proud of them. We see the ‘good’ Ofsted judgement very much as a milestone towards becoming an ‘outstanding’ school,” Mrs Andrews added.

n See Inspection Reports for the full report.