Sheffield junior school told to improve

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A Sheffield junior school has been given a mixed report by inspectors who say it needs to improve.

Too few pupils at Beighton’s Brook House School were achieving high enough standards in reading, an Ofsted team found during a two day visit.

Some teachers did not have the necessary skills to help pupils who were at the early stages in reading, while more able youngsters were not always sufficiently challenged.

Work given to the children did not always match their abilities, while staff did not always explain tasks given to pupils clearly enough.

In maths youngsters were not given enough real-life opportunities to solve problems, while the achievements of different groups of pupils were not being evaluated and monitored well enough.

More work needed to be done to make sure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds did better at English and maths.

Inspectors also felt the governing body did not have a full understanding about the school’s performance and how effective it was.

As a result school leaders were not challenged throughly enough.

The report calls for an external review to assess how governorship at the school can be improved.

Inspectors also found positive points, noting that since their previous visit more pupils were achieving higher levels in writing and maths.

They felt the curriculum was giving the children a wide range of experiences that was helping to widen their understanding of the world, and it promoted the youngsters’ spritual, moral and cultural development well.

The pupils’ behaviour was good and they felt safe in the school.

Overall the inspectors found that staff and governors had created a ‘vibrant school’ where the quality of teaching and the pupils’ achievement levels were both improving.