Sheffield primary school improving

Rainbow Forge Primary - school sign.
Rainbow Forge Primary - school sign.
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Good progress is being made to turn around a Sheffield primary school where serious weaknesses were found during an inspection last November.

Pupils at Rainbow Forge Primary, Hackenthorpe, were making too little progress in key subjects, and teaching needed improvement.

A second follow up visit found change was under way, with the appointment of a new deputy head and extra classes to meet an increase in pupil numbers.

Three new teachers and extra teaching assistants had also been taken on, and there had also been some restructuring.

Inspectors praised headteacher Jane Loader’s well focused plans, accurate evaluation and practical approach to the school’s issues, which had strengthened the quality and consistency of teaching and learning.

A well structured method of assessment was promoting faster progress across year groups in reading, writing and maths.

There was a new focus on pupils with special needs and better provision for underachieving pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Fines issued as a result of unauthorised absence plus more rewards for pupils had improved attendance levels.

Older pupils were producing better results and their progress was better than the national average.

They also found disadvantaged youngsters were doing better and the gap between them and other pupils was narrowing.

Test results in grammar, spelling and punctuation were improved, although they remained below average.

In all year groups and subjects pupils were close to or exceeding levels of expected progress.

A full inspection will take place before the end of the year.

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