Sheffield primary school ‘hailed for ‘making progress’

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A Sheffield primary school has been rated ‘good’ by inspectors – a grade better than on its last check up.

Prince Edward Primary School, City Road, Manor, was found to be doing an effective job, with good quality teaching and efficient leadership and management.

Matt Sieczkarek, head of school, said: “The report is great and tells a true picture of all the hard work we have done to improve the school.”

Inspectors said pupils are achieving well, were well behaved and enjoyed going to school.

Children’s progress in reading, writing and maths had accelerated and been sustained since the previous inspection.

This year, the proportion of pupils achieving well in maths was above the national average, while the number of youngsters reaching similar high standards in reading has increased significantly.

In their report, inspectors said teaching was continuously improving, with teachers planning their lessons throughly and providing high quality marking and feedback.

Tasks given to the children matched their different needs and abilities.

There were also good systems to check on teaching quality and learning so pupils reached their potential.

Attendance had improved significantly due to innovative strategies employed by staff, while the youngest pupils were also achieving well.

Inspectors were also impressed by the curriculum, which effectively promoted the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Julie Storey, executive headteacher, and Mr Sieczkarek were praised for their determination, drive and clear ambition for the school, and were at the heart of the rapid improvements that were taking place.

Inspectors said that together they had created a welcoming and caring environment for the children, while the governing body rigorously held the senior staff to account for the school’s performance.

Inspectors pointed out areas that still needed improvement, with not enough pupils yet achieving the highest standards in writing. Handwriting skills were not yet consistently good enough.

Mr Sieczkarek said: “Everyone has worked so hard – parents, children staff and governors – and that hard work and commitment has paid off. We are so proud of everyone and can now focus on being outstanding.”