Sheffield primary school making ‘rapid progress’

Pupils at Gleadless Primary School
Pupils at Gleadless Primary School
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A Sheffield primary is making rapid progress - just two years after inspectors found it required improvement.

Staff and governors at Gleadless Primary, in Gleadless, are celebrating after receiving the results of a monitoring inspection.

Inspector Marianne Young said that ‘effective action’ was being taken to tackle the areas which needed improvement.

Inspectors have been monitoring the school with regular visits after an inspection in April 2013 found it required improvement.

Since then a new interim executive headteacher Vanessa Langley has taken over and the school was found to be making progress.

In a letter to parents, Ms Langley said: “Marianne was very positive during the visit and commented on the significant improvements in the environment and quality of teaching and learning.

“There is a very positive atmosphere in school and this is testament to the hard work of the staff, attitudes of pupils and support of parents.

“The school was working from a very low baseline within the ‘requires improvement’ judgement and has made rapid progress to address a number of issues identified by the HMI since April 2013.”

She added the school was hoping to be judged as ‘good’ at the next inspection and was working hard to address areas of concern.

Inspectors found the school was tackling issues including improving the quality of teaching and the progress being made by different groups of pupils.

Links with other schools to ensure more able pupils in particular do well was proving successful and staff were aware of children’s capabilities and setting work to meet their needs.