Plans to turn around failing Sheffield school given the thumbs up

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Plans to turn around a failing Sheffield primary school have been given the thumbs up by inspectors who went back to check on its progress.

St John Fisher RC School in Hackenthorpe was put into special measures in May - after its previous inspection in 2007 rated it outstanding.

Since May five teachers have resigned, including the deputy head, and temporary replacements have been recruited.

There have been changes too to the governing body, with the previous chair having left, while plans are in hand for the school to become an academy.

Inspectors praised the headteacher who was continuing to tackle staff underperformance systematically and robustly.

The school’s action plan was found to be clear and was tackling all the shortcomings found during the inspection.

Though the proposals were fit for purpose, they were not always precise enough about how improvements would be achieved.

More clarity was needed to explain how teaching quality would be improved so pupils were properly challenged.

But it was felt the school had recruited wisely, opting for staff with proven experience and expertise.