Sheffield primary school goes from failing to outstanding

Totley Primary celebrating their excellent OFSTED report
Totley Primary celebrating their excellent OFSTED report
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We’re top of the class!

A Sheffield school has transformed its fortunes and has been judged outstanding – just eight years after it was branded one of the worst primaries in the city.

Totley Primary OFSTED, head Nicola Wileman in a year five maths lesson with Sophie Barlow, Clementine Cunningham, Tom Curry and Oliver Wynn

Totley Primary OFSTED, head Nicola Wileman in a year five maths lesson with Sophie Barlow, Clementine Cunningham, Tom Curry and Oliver Wynn

Staff and pupils at Totley Primary are celebrating after being given the top rating by inspectors from Government education watchdog Ofsted.

In 2007 the school, on Sunnyvale Road, Totley, was found to be under performing and was put in special measures after being judged inadequate.

Inspectors who visited the school in May said the primary, which converted to an academy in 2014, is led and managed very strongly by the headteacher and senior team who ‘have the highest expectations of staff and pupils and monitor the school’s work thoroughly’.They also praised the high standard of teaching and ‘excellent’ attitude and behaviour of pupils.

Chris Stewart, who stepped down as headteacher at the end of the summer term, said: “The news that the inspectors were coming was a bit of a shock in the last week of term but I was confident the inspectors would be impressed.

“The children, staff, governors and whole school community have pulled together to make Totley the fantastic primary it is and we were proud to show the Ofsted inspectors how far we have come.

“I feel very proud to have been headteacher at the school.”

Nicola Wileman has now taken over as headteacher after being in the role of head of school during the two day inspection. She said: “The children at Totley are amazing. They consistently demonstrate outstanding behaviours and make working here such fun.

“The staff are very dedicated to our families and regularly go above and beyond to ensure our children receive the best possible education that they can.

“It’s always a little nerve-wracking when our Ofsted visitors arrive, but we have achieved so much to be proud of that we were excited to show them the impact of the changes we have made.”

The school now operates under the Mercia Learning Trust and is sharing areas of good practice with other schools.

Mrs Wileman added: “I am so excited to be entrusted with this school for the next part of its journey.

“As I look back to where it started, I couldn’t be more proud of where it has come.”