Intensive improvements on way at junior school

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TEACHING at a Sheffield junior school is going through a period of intensive improvement, setting high expectations for pupils, an inspection team found.

But although features of a ‘good’ school are emerging, Brook House Juniors in Beighton has received a ‘satisfactory’ rating.

Both the levels of progress made by pupils, and the quality of teaching, received a similar verdict - although by the time they were ready to move on the youngsters’ attainment was better than average.

Other strengths of the school were the children’s good behaviour and aspects of their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

But the pupils needed to have a wider appreciation of the diversity of UK cultures.

Pupils started the school with above-average standards and made satisfactory progress while they were there.

Progress was accelerating in writing and maths, but the same attention had not been given to reading. As a result the children’s interest and enjoyment of books was not being developed as vigorously.

While disabled pupils and ones with other special needs made satisfactory progress, the inspectors felt the school lacked a precise understanding of their needs.

This hindered the setting of relevant and challenging targets for them, which would help them move forward more successfully.

Attendance levels at Brook House were high and the pupils enjoyed school with a positive attitude to learning.

But good teaching was not sufficiently widespread throughout the school and the quality of marking was not uniform.

Inspectors felt that, overall, the senior staff had made a satisfactory impact in their efforts to improve the school.

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