School urged to improve as pupils’ behaviour

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STANDARDS of leadership are improving rapidly at a Sheffield school, a team of inspectors discovered.

Woodhouse West Primary School was rated as satisfactory overall, as the quality of its teaching varied.

In the best lessons, teachers were making learning fun and the children responded by working hard and making good progress.

Where teaching was not so effective, the pace of learning was not fast enough to enthuse pupils and their learning slowed.

From low starting points, pupils made satisfactory progress at school.

Children made a good start to their education, but few reached expected levels of skill and knowledge before they moved up into Year 1.

Learning slowed in Years 2 to 4, but moved rapidly in older year groups – so by the time they were ready to leave attainment levels were broadly average.

The pupils were found to behave well overall and at times their conduct was exemplary.

However, attendance levels, while improving, remained low.

New headteacher Lynnette Glossop said the report represented an accurate picture of where the school was at.

She said: “We are thrilled behaviour has been rated as ‘good’ and think it is well deserved. The whole school community works hard to bring out the best in our children and this is well deserved recognition for what our children give back.

“That being said, we are not complacent and see we have a lot more to do so that we can improve. In particular, we need to raise attainment in English and maths and also improve attendance.

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