Sheffield school’s delight at inspectors’ praise

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STAFF and pupils at a Sheffield school are celebrating after winning praise from education inspectors.

Phillimore Community Primary School has been rated as good after Ofsted officials visited earlier this month – an improvement of its ‘satisfactory’ score in its previous inspection in April 2010.

Angela Wild, headteacher, said: “The whole report is a testament to the hard work of the staff, at all levels, the children and the parents.

“We work hard to make sure the children make progress and are happy in school.

“We’re really pleased. I just want to say a massive thank you to the staff, children and parents who have made this possible for us.”

In their report, inspectors praised the leadership of the school, saying: “The impact is seen in pupils’ much-improved achievement since the last inspection.

“The school was in the top 2 per cent nationally in 2011 for adding value to pupils’ learning. Similar levels of achievement have been maintained in 2012.”

The school, on Phillimore Road, Darnall, has 458 pupils, aged three to 11, enrolled.

The inspection report said: “Pupils achieve well. They make good progress from their generally low starting points.

“The majority reach nationally expected levels in English and maths by the end of Year 6.

“Pupils make outstanding progress in the nursery class and in Years 5 and 6, where teaching is often excellent.”

Most pupils are from minority ethnic groups, with about 75 per cent of children not having English as their home language.

The inspection team said: “Members of the inclusion team are highly successful in ensuring that pupils have equal opportunities.

“Different cultural heritages and languages are celebrated.”

However, the school was urged to improve its teaching and achievement in maths if wants to be rated ‘outstanding’.

The report said: “It is not yet an outstanding school because teaching is not yet outstanding across the school and attainment in maths, especially in Years 1 to 4, is not as good as it should be.”

Mrs Wild said: “We have been speaking already about these recommendations.

“We have a lot of good things to build on, but we will keep on building on those so our school can improve.”

n To view the full report, visit www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/107075

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