Sheffield primary school needs to get better

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A Sheffield inner-city primary school has been told it needs to improve after inspectors found problems with the pupils’ standards of writing.

Teaching at Firs Hill Primary at Pitsmoor needs to be better as quality was inconsistent across the school, it was found.

But strengths were found too, with the children’s behaviour found to be mostly good and good quality leadership and management identified.

Headteacher Dina Martin said the inspection had fallen at a bad time when the school was very much in a period of transition.

“We have been integrating seven new teachers and 100 new pupils into school this term and the inspection was always going to be difficult for us,” she said.

Children were making good progress in reading and maths from low starting points, reaching standards broadly similar to those achieved across the country.

But writing was an issue and the most able pupils were not always challenged to work at a higher level.

Teachers did not always provide work to closely match the youngsters’ different needs and abilities and those who found learning more difficult did not make enough progress.

Attendance levels were also an issue while some pupils were late for lessons each day.

The children felt safe because they were very well cared for, while they also said they enjoyed school and had good attitudes to their learning.

And school leaders had identified the key ares which needed improvement and the right systems were in place.

Mrs Martin said: “I am in no way disappointed with the report – it says all our parents would recommend the school.

“We have a fantastic team, the right action plan in place and now we will be left alone to get on with it.”