Pupils achieving well at multi-ethnic city school

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A MULTI-ethnic Sheffield primary has been rated by inspectors as a good school where pupils behave well and are keen to learn.

Eighty per cent of pupils at Hucklow Primary in Firth Park are from homes where the first language is not English - a figure much higher than average.

Children were enthusiastic about school and, as a result, achieved well, the inspection team found.

The school also received overwhelming support from parents and the strong partnership that had been formed was key to driving up standards still further, they felt.

Pupils felt safe and bullying was almost non-existent because the school worked successfully at building positive relationships between the children.

Teaching was found to be good overall and there was much that was outstanding, resulting in good progress across a broad curriculum.

An occasional problem was that the children did not have enough opportunities to be independent or shape their own learning.

But in the best lessons teachers matched tasks to the pupils’ abilities with such precision as to demand and obtain excellent progress.

This was not yet consistently the case throughout the school, however, although use of data to chart the children’s levels of improvement was very effective.

Children started school with attainment levels that were exceptionally low compared to those typical for their age group.

But they settled in quickly and started to make good progress - so much so they were achieving broadly average standards by the time they left.

Inspectors also found the school was well led and managed at all levels.

Headteacher Susie Arnold said: “The report reflects the hard work and commitment of all our staff. Our pupils are positive, enthusiastic and keen to learn, and we will ensure they continue to make good progress.”

See www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/107080 for the full report.