Sheffield school hailed as outstanding

Celebrating a outstanding Ofsted report at Meadowhead's St Thomas of Canterbury School headteacher Andrew Truby and pupils.
Celebrating a outstanding Ofsted report at Meadowhead's St Thomas of Canterbury School headteacher Andrew Truby and pupils.
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A Sheffield school has been rated outstanding by inspectors who found pupils were making rapid progress.

Youngsters at St Thomas of Canterbury School, a Catholic academy at Meadowhead, were reaching standards well above average by the time they were ready to move on – often exceeding what was expected of them.

The inspectors found maths was a particular strength, but every child was developing the skills they needed in reading and writing too.

Headteacher Andrew Truby said everyone was absolutely delighted with the report.

The inspectors said classroom activities were highly creative and interested the pupils, who loved learning and the opportunities provided both inside and outside school.

Children were encouraged to develop inquiring minds and were given the freedom to work individually and with others to explore different subjects.

Their behaviour was judged to be exceptional and inspectors felt the school worked like a family, creating a strong community where respect was tangible.

Attitudes to learning, even among the youngest children, were often impeccable, inspectors found.

Mr Truby – aged only 28 when he was appointed in 2009 – was found to be a gifted and talented professional who was ambitious for the school.

His relentless pursuit of high achievement fosters a love of learning and the development of well-rounded children, the report says.

The quality of teaching and learning was checked weekly by senior staff who quickly eliminated any weaknesses and made sure standards were improving.

Mr Truby said: “We have worked relentlessly for this for many years.

“We do not do things in order to please Ofsted – everything we do is because we believe it will have a major impact on our children’s learning.”