Sheffield primary school scores top report card

Loxley Primary pupils celelbrate their Ofsted success.
Loxley Primary pupils celelbrate their Ofsted success.
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Pupils and staff at a Sheffield primary are celebrating after their school received the perfect inspection report.

Loxley Primary has been rated outstanding in every category - matching the verdict reached at the last Ofsted check up five years ago.

The school was found to have maintained the high quality of all aspects of its work since 2010, with headteacher James Connolly’s excellent drive and ambition for the pupils shared fully by his senior staff and governors.

Staff instilled a passion for learning and pride in achievement in the children, and youngsters of all abilities were found to be making excellent progress in most subjects.

Their standards were well above average by the time they were ready to move on to secondary education.

The youngest pupils were making an excellent start to their education, were reaching above average standards and were very well prepared for their future learning.

And disabled children and those with special needs made excellent progress, working with confidence and independence.

Inspectors found that the quality of teaching was outstanding, with staff having an excellent understanding of their pupils’ needs.

The children’s behaviour was judged to be exemplary, their attendance was above average and they were punctual and eager to learn.

There was praise for Loxley’s rich curriculum and its excellent range of sporting and creative activities.

Extra funding for sport was being used very well and the school was further extending its all year round opportunities for outdoor learning and adventure.

Mr Connolly said: “Not only have we been awarded the outstanding grade but we have been judged as being outstanding in all areas which is, of course, even more pleasing.

“It reflects the high standards the whole school community has - staff, parents, governors and pupils. We will ensure Loxley continues to improve but remains the very special place it is today.”