Sheffield school turns around its fortunes after inspectors ordered it to improve

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Rapid improvement was found at a Sheffield school by inspectors who praised the headteacher’s leadership and drive.

St Patrick’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, at Sheffield Lane Top, has been rated as good – a grade up since its last check when it was found to ‘require improvement’.

Inspectors from education watchdog Ofsted said the behaviour of pupils was ‘outstanding’ and praised the standards of teaching, following a visit in April.

Headteacher, Finnuala Nelis said: “I am delighted with the report we have received and look forward to the challenge in the future of becoming an outstanding school.”

The report said the headteacher has inspired the drive for improvement with governors and staff and every level and, as a result, there have been significant improvements in the achievement of pupils.

The leadership and management of the early year’s provision are good and benefit from the influence of the thoughtful and perceptive early years’ leader.

Since the previous inspection, standards in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of key stage two have risen and are above average.

The academy’s leaders have made sure reading and writing have been main priorities throughout the academy.

Pupil’s outstanding behaviour in lessons and their highly positive attitudes to learning underpin their good achievement.

Inspectors said the school could not be rated as outstanding, because, in some year groups, the quality of pupils’ work and the rates of progression in mathematics are not as consistent as they are in writing, and the most able children are not always given hard enough work.