Sheffield primary school can get even better

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A much improved Sheffield school has been rated ‘good’ by inspectors with its leadership praised as excellent.

Greengate Lane Primary School, at High Green, which converted to academy status last year, was found to be particularly strong for teaching and learning.

As a result, standards were rising and it was felt the school had excellent capacity to continue its improvement into the future.

Ofsted inspectors found pupils were making rapid progress in the early year groups and were doing well throughout the rest of the school.

By the time pupils were ready to move on, standards were rising, so more youngsters were on track to be above average in reading, writing and maths.

Inspectors found the most able children were making good progress, along with lower-attaining youngsters and those with special needs.

Teaching was rated good and was sometimes outstanding, with reading lessons a particular strength.

Teaching assistants were said to be having a positive effect on pupils, especially those at risk of falling behind, while relationships were good throughout a happy school.

Pupils behaved well in lessons, enjoyed working hard and concentrated well, while children just starting schooling were enjoying an excellent start to their education.

They also said they felt free from bullying

Parents appreciated the school’s recent improvement, with one saying ‘they have completely turned it around’.

Areas identified for improvement included the teaching of maths, which was not quite as good.

Levels of achievement in Key Stages 1 and 2 were not yet outstanding, as they were in reception classes.

And opportunities to reinforce learning in maths were occasionally missed in other subjects such as science.