‘Good’ school still has work to do, says report

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A SHEFFIELD primary school has been rated as good by inspectors after pupils were found to be achieving well and making good progress.

But Ballifield Primary School, Handsworth Grange Road, Handsworth, missed out on the top ‘outstanding’ grade, because the teaching quality was not high enough and standards in writing were behind those in reading and maths.

Inspectors found the teaching was good and increasingly was outstanding, with each pupil’s progress being meticulously tracked.

There was also good quality support in lessons for all pupils, including disabled youngsters and those with special educational needs.

But some inconsistencies remained, particularly in marking and expectations for the presentation of the children’s work.

Parents were found to have positive views of the school, acknowledging the strengths maintained during a turbulent period and improvements made.

Children were learning and progressing well and their attainment levels in English and maths were broadly average by the time they left for secondary school.

And foundation classes provided pupils with a good start, with a successful focus on their language and social skills.

Almost all children behaved well and said they enjoyed school, feeling safe there.

Headteacher Sheila Haigh said everyone was delighted with the report.

She said: “To get a ‘good’ rating when the bar has been raised by Ofsted is great.

“Everyone at Ballifield deserves recognition - students, staff, parents and carers all work together to make our school what it is. We feel energised and encouraged to move forward with ambition.

“However, we can’t be complacent and the entire school community will continue to work together to bring out the best in our children.”