Satisfactory school is progressing well

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PARENTS have praised a Sheffield school for helping their children’s development.

The backing was just one of a number of findings after Ofsted inspectors visited Wincobank Nursery and Infant School.

Inspectors found the Newman Road school to be satisfactory and improving and praised its inclusive and caring approach.

Pupils were found to be developing well thanks to a solid drive for improvement from a strong leadership team.

The youngest children were found to be getting off to a good start, despite having well below expected starting points.

The number of youngsters reaching good levels of development by the time they had finished reception classes was still below average, but increasing rapidly.

Because pupils’ standards were low in reading, writing and maths by the end of Year 2, senior staff were making sure a high priority was given to raising their attainment and boosting their confidence.

While the children’s standards were currently satisfactory, inspectors said there was clear evidence rates of progress were improving rapidly throughout the school.

Significant staff changes in the recent past had resulted in lingering inconsistencies in the quality of teaching, but an increasing proportion of it was good.

Pupils enjoyed the interesting curriculum and the inspectors felt there was good capacity for sustained improvement – although more could be done to raise attendance levels.

Executive headteacher Lesley Dolben said there were a number of areas which the school accepted it needed to improve.

“We know we need to reach higher standards in our reading, writing and maths and accept that there is still much to do,” she said.

“We also accept we need to improve on attainment and attendance levels and we will not be complacent about addressing this.

n For the full report, visit www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/10702