Inspection joy for Sheffield school on the up

Pupils in Hinde House School's primary section learn how to draw a dinosaur.
Pupils in Hinde House School's primary section learn how to draw a dinosaur.
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RAPID improvements are being made at an inner city Sheffield school where inspectors found a wide range of outstanding features.

Hinde House teaches children of all age ranges in the Shiregreen and Wincobank areas - from three to 16 years old.

The inspection team said it was especially impressed with the school’s primary department, where levels of achievement were found to be first class.

Teaching there was consistently outstanding, as was the children’s behaviour – a major turnaround from the days when as Bracken Hill School it was the worst performing primary in the city.

Now there is good support for children who may be struggling, and improved English and maths lessons were resulting in many youngsters making excellent progress.

There was high praise too for the inspirational leadership of headteacher Chris French, his senior teachers and the governors, which was driving up standards across the school.

Inspectors discovered a strong feature was how well pupils from different backgrounds related to each other, how safe they felt and the good relationships that resulted.

Overall Hinde House was rated as ‘good’ – it missed out on the top ranking because the children’s progress slowed somewhat once they moved up to the secondary phase.

Further up the school there remained some inconsistencies in the quality of teaching.

Attendance levels, previously identified as a key area for improvement, were now improving rapidly, inspectors found.

Mr French said: “We remain absolutely committed to securing further improvement in all aspects of our practice to become one of the best schools in the country.”

See Ofsted Inspection Reports to read the full report.