Primary improving strongly

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STANDARDS at a multi-cultural Sheffield primary school are improving strongly after a period of low achievement, visiting inspectors discovered.

But Springfield Primary in Broomhall has been rated only as satisfactory because the school still has some way still to go.

Headteacher Beth Stevenson, with the help of her senior staff and the governing body, were steering the school effectively through a period of change, it was found.

And the overwhelming majority of parents were happy with the education the school was providing for their children and the good relationships within it.

Inspectors say the school plays a vital role at the centre of a culturally rich and diverse community.

Most pupils are from ethnic minority backgrounds, the largest group being of black African heritage.

Springfield was very effective at ensuring the pupils’ different faiths and backgrounds contributed to their good spiritual, moral and social development.

The quality of the teaching was satisfactory overall, though some ‘good’ and occasionally ‘outstanding’ lessons were seen.

But pupils were not always challenged enough for them to achieve well and they did not always do enough independent work.

The children’s behaviour was found to be good throughout the school and they showed positive attitudes towards their learning.

Inspectors found a small number of children had their attendance records affected by parental decisions to take them abroad for extended leave.

Leadership and management of the school were rated ‘satisfactory’ and the school had a clear vision of what it could achieve.

Mrs Stevenson said: “We think this is a fair report which recognises that we are improving strongly.

“Springfield Primary School is a rich and diverse community where the children are motivated to learn and have a very positive attitude to school, which is key to us helping them to reach their potential.

“We are pleased to have support from parents.”

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