Sheffield primary celebrates transformation in fortunes

Fox Hill primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report'Picture Dean Atkins
Fox Hill primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report'Picture Dean Atkins
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Staff and pupils are celebrating after several years of hard work has seen a Sheffield school transform its fortunes.

Fox Hill primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report'Picture Dean Atkins

Fox Hill primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report'Picture Dean Atkins

Fox Hill Primary, in Fox Hill, has been rated good by Government education watchdog Ofsted – despite inspectors visiting during the last week of the summer term, one of the busiest in the school calendar.

Principal Matt Revill was delighted with the report and said the school had been on a ‘real journey of rapid improvement’ over the past couple of years, since it converted into an academy in April 2013.

Inspectors rated the school as good in all areas, apart from the leadership and management, which was hailed as outstanding for driving improvements in key areas.

Pupils were praised for their behaviour, their attitudes to work and their enthusiasm for learning, which at times is exemplary. They make good progress from their individual starting points.

Fox Hill primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report'Picture Dean Atkins

Fox Hill primary School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report'Picture Dean Atkins

Inspectors found improvement in teaching means it is consistently good throughout the school – and in some areas outstanding. Pupils enjoy the variety of lessons and different abilities are catered for.

Governors also challenge the school consistently and check its progress incisively.

Mr Revill said: “The inspection was extremely positive and inspectors were able to see many of the great things that happen at Fox Hill.

“The school has been on a real journey of rapid improvement over the past couple of years.

“We became an academy in April 2013 and are part of Steel City Schools Partnership with whom we work closely.

“A new leadership team was put in place from September 2013 when myself and the deputy principal took up post.

“We then have been through the long process of a rebuild and were really excited to move into our brand new academy building in April 2015.

“Results have been rapidly improving every year and the school is recognised across the city for the positive ethos and caring atmosphere.”

Mr Revill said he was so proud that the children, staff and community have finally got the recognition they deserve.

He added: “Our children are amazing and it is such a privilege to work with them.

“We have amazingly supportive families and the staff work around the clock to ensure the children get the very best.

“We also have a good structure of support and challenge from our governors and being part of the multi-academy trust, Steel City Schools Partnership.” ​

Inspectors highlighted two areas for improvement – the overall effectiveness and quality of teaching and pupils’ attendance.