Head promises to keep up good work

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AN INNER-CITY Sheffield primary school with pupils from a range of ethnic minorities has been rated good after a visit from inspectors.

Lowfield Primary School, which is close to the city centre on London Road, has a large number of children joining and leaving the school throughout the academic year.

But inspectors found that, under the leadership of new headteacher Chris Holder, it had improved in key areas since their last visit and was popular with pupils and parents.

Although children joined the school with skills and knowledge well below those expected for their age, they were soon doing well and were catching up on required standards.

Achievement levels were still below average at the age of seven, but the gap was narrowing – and older children made good overall progress.

By the time they left school, pupils had broadly average results in English and maths.

Disabled pupils, those with special needs and youngsters with English as a second language all made good progress, as they were given quality support.

Standards of teaching were good overall, the expectations of the staff were high and they worked hard to create a calm and welcoming atmosphere.

The pupils’ behaviour was good and they had positive attitudes to their work, but progress made by a small number of them was slowed because they arrived late for lessons.

Mr Holder said the school had been improving for the past two years, with buildings refurbished and new facilities added.

He said: “It would be easy to think that we have reached the end of our journey – after all Lowfield is now a good school.

“But it is my intention to continue this work – to develop the services we provide for our families and to continue to work with the school’s committed, highly-skilled staff in raising standards.”

n For the full report, visit www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/106997