High praise for Manor primary

Pipworth Primary School's School Council.
Pipworth Primary School's School Council.
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A primary school in the heart of Sheffield’s Manor estate has impressed inspectors who say it is doing a good job right across the board.

A new tougher regime has seen Ofsted finding fault with many more schools than previously, finding they require improvement.

But Pipworth Primary has retained its ‘good’ grading with pupils in all age groups making good progress during their time at the school.

Some youngsters were reaching or exceeding national standards in subjects like maths.

New arrivals at the school were welcomed and made good progress because of good teaching and support, the inspectors found.

Teachers and support staff created a positive climate in their classrooms so that pupils could become positive learners, while equal opportunities for boys and girls were well promoted.

Behaviour in lessons was praised for being consistently good, as was the school’s promotion of the children’s spiritual, moral and cultural development.

Inspirational executive headteacher Julie Storey and her head of school Helen Kenyon were found to be combining very well to develop the leadership skills of staff.

Governors were knowledgeable and held senior staff to account through regular checks on the progress of different pupils, and on the quality of teaching which had led to sustained improvements.

The inspectors felt pupils did not always know what they needed to do to improve their work, while occasionally tasks and activities were not hard enough and did not stretch pupils fully, especially the most able.

Mrs Storey said the staff were so proud of the pupils, parents, staff members and governors.

“Everyone here works so hard to make this a good school. The pupils are our inspiration and we will continue to strive to make their school outstanding,” she added.