School told it must do better

Nether Green School sign
Nether Green School sign
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A junior school in a prosperous Sheffield suburb has been told by inspectors that it needs to improve.

Progress made by pupils at Nether Green Juniors varies from class to class and sometimes was not fast enough, they found.

The school on Fulwood Road was rated good at its last inspection.

But now too few children were achieving at top levels in writing and maths, while teachers did not always have high enough expectations of what their pupils were capable of.

In some lessons staff did not always enable all their pupils to make the best possible progress in the time available, while the quality of marking was not consistent.

As a result some pupils were not given clear enough guidance on how to improve their written work, the inspectors said.

Senior staff had not done enough to improve teaching quality, while their plans were not focused precisely enough on how to help pupils make better progress.

By the time the children left school their attainment was still above average, with good results in reading.

Good teaching was found in Year 6 while youngsters with special needs made consistently good progress, some of it outstanding.

Pupil behaviour was good across the school, their attendance was above average and they benefited from a wide range of exciting clubs and trips.

The governing body was doing well to hold staff robustly to account, which was helping the school to improve.

Headteacher Sue Jackson said: “Ofsted recognised we are an improving school with many good features.

“The school’s attainment continues to be significantly above national averages. Pupils are making good progress in reading and the vast majority making at least expected progress in maths and writing, with many children making very good progress. The school will be rising to the challenge to ensure pupils make more rapid progress in maths and writing.”