Sheffield school’s delight with best grade

Hartley Brook School executive principal Chris Hobson.
Hartley Brook School executive principal Chris Hobson.
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One of Sheffield’s first primary academies has been rated good by inspectors – the best grade it has ever received.

Hartley Brook at Shiregreen converted to academy status in May 2012, along with its neighbouring school Hatfield Primary.

Over the past 18 months the school, has taken in a group of 80 Slovakian Roma pupils, many of whom have never been to school before.

Inspectors found all the children were receiving a good quality education from a committed staff, with their levels of achievement rapidly improving.

The youngsters were now making good progress in every year group, especially those with special educational needs.

It was found the quality of teaching was good, with staff having good subject knowledge and understanding the key features that helped the pupils learn.

There was special praise for Hartley Brook’s integrated resource unit for children with learning difficulties, which was of good quality due to its highly trained and ambitious staff.

Pupil behaviour was good, they enjoyed school and wanted to learn, the inspectors found.

The Hartley Brook Road school’s leadership and management were praised as highly effective in improving teaching quality and accelerating the pupils’ progress.

Principal Chris Hobson was said to have been instrumental in tackling a legacy of underachievement.

It was felt, however, that teaching was not yet outstanding and more needed to be done to improve the children’s writing.

Attendance levels were also still below the national average.

Mrs Hobson, who has just retired as executive principal, said she was thrilled with the report.

She said: “It reflects all the hard work and dedication of the staff and governors over the past three years.

“The report is richly deserved and shows that the children of Shiregreen are getting a good education at Hartley Brook.”