Primary is praised for quick progress

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INSPECTORS have praised a Sheffield primary school, saying it has improved considerably since their last visit.

Levels of pupil achievement were also found to be good at Meersbrook Bank Primary School, with youngsters making good progress in every year group.

While standards achieved by children ready to move up to secondary school had been broadly average for the last three years, lead inspector Stephen Fisher said in his report that, under the school’s new leadership team, rates of progress had improved significantly and attainment was now above average.

The report revealed that parents and pupils were all positive about the Derbyshire Lane school’s work, saying it provided a warm and friendly place.

Teaching was good throughout the school and there was a strong and successful focus on reading.

Progress in writing was not as rapid due to inconsistencies in lessons – and this was an area highlighted by Mr Fisher and his team as needing attention.

The children’s behaviour was found to be good, they enjoyed their lessons and out-of-school activities provided.

Although the school has no permanent headteacher at the moment, inspectors found that leadership and management were good, with an ambitious vision for the future.

Rachel Edwards, headteacher, said: “We are thrilled to receive a good report.

“This reflects all the hard work and dedication of the children, staff, governors and parents.

“We are a friendly, inclusive school and are proud of our achievements.”

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