Sheffield primary school doing well in all areas

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Inspectors found good quality teaching together with some they rated outstanding when they ran the rule over a Sheffield primary school.

Abbey Lane Primary at Woodseats has been given a grade of ‘good’ by the Ofsted team, which found it was doing an effective job right across the board.

Youngsters in reception class were given a good start to their education and made good progress in their first days at school. This continued year on year through school, and standards at the ages of seven and 11 in reading, writing and maths were consistently above national averages.

The children’s behaviour in lessons and around the school was found to be good, and their positive attitudes made a real contribution to the school’s friendly atmosphere.

Pupils told inspectors that they felt safe in school, and that they were well cared for.

Teachers and their teaching assistants worked well together, and they had good knowledge of all the subjects across the curriculum.

Lessons were filled with activity and the children enjoyed them.

Headteacher Maxine Stafford’s management skills were found to be excellent and she was very ably supported by her senior staff and governors.

But inspectors say not enough teaching is as yet outstanding, and some pupils should be challenged further to improve their writing.

Teachers were also too accepting of work that was poorly presented with handwriting that was not of good enough quality.