Sheffield primary school is happy place, say inspectors

Headteacher Sue Bridges at the new extension at Owler Brook Primary School
Headteacher Sue Bridges at the new extension at Owler Brook Primary School
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An inner-city Sheffield primary school is a happy place where children enjoy their learning, a team of inspectors discovered.

Owler Brook Primary at Fir Vale has been rated ‘good’ – with provision for its youngest children found to be outstanding.

Leadership and management at the school were judged to be effective resulting in all pupils achieving well in a harmonious environment where they and families felt valued and well supported.

After its last check up, Owler Brook was found to require improvement, but teaching throughout the school was now good and quickly getting better.

Youngsters in the early years department were making rapid progress and there was highly effective support for children who spoke English as an additional language.

Pupils achieved well from often lower than typical starting points and those that stayed at the school reached broadly average standards by the time they were ready to move on.

Behaviour was good and attendance regular, while relationships between staff and children were very positive.

Regular checks on the school’s performance by senior staff and governors identified correct areas for further improvement, inspectors found, and it was continuing to get better.

But occasionally the work set, especially for the most able pupils, was not at the right level to help them make as much progress as possible.

Headteacher Sue Bridges said the report reflected how hard teachers and children had worked over the last 18 months with the community to get where it was now.

“We are thrilled,” she added.