Sheffield infant school rated as ‘good’

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Pupils of all abilities are making progress at a Sheffield nursery infant school which has been rated ‘good’ by inspectors.

For the past five years youngsters at Halfway Nursery Infants have been making above average progress in reading, writing and maths.

Children with special needs and those from disadvantaged backgrounds were found to be making good and sometimes outstanding progress.

The quality of teaching was found to be good overall, with some that was outstanding in each year group.

Lessons were well planned, met the pupils’ needs and interests, and motivated them to learn.

Inspectors felt the youngest children were getting off to a good start, thanks to good teaching and a vibrant learning environment that excited and captured the youngsters’ imaginations.

The school offered a wide range of exciting experiences, including clubs during and after school, and local and residential trips.

Pupils were developing outstanding attitudes to learning due to excellent relationships they formed with adults, while their excellent behaviour was evident in all aspects of school life.

The report says the head and assistant head together provide strong leadership, and with the other staff have forged an effective team.

Governors were well informed and they held senior staff to account for the school’s performance.

But the quality of teaching was not yet good enough for the school to be outstanding.