Sheffield secondary school passes inspection test

High Storrs School in Sheffield.
High Storrs School in Sheffield.
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A leading Sheffield secondary school has been rated ‘good’ by inspectors after they found standards at GCSE were consistently above national averages.

High Storrs School at Bents Green was also praised for its outstanding sixth form, while it was found that the progress of most pupils was good or even better.

Teaching was generally good and was sometimes excellent, with standards on the rise due to good systems for the professional development of staff.

The pupils’ behaviour was judged to be outstanding and their positive attitude to learning and contribution to the school community was exemplary.

More able students were thriving due to a curriculum well matched to their needs, while headteacher Ian Gage and other senior staff were found to be highly effective, clearly understanding the school’s strengths and weaknesses.

Problem areas included pupils of Pakistani heritage who were not all faring as well as the majority, especially in science and maths.

And some teaching did not consistently match all the students’ needs.

The inspection was carried out under a tougher new Ofsted regime which has caught many schools out.

Mr Gage said: “We have mixed feelings in regard to the inspection. Last summer our results dipped slightly and although we performed better than schools who were graded as outstanding last academic year, this year’s tougher process means that overall we have been graded good.

“However, we are extremely proud of the outstanding comments Ofsted made about staff and students within the High Storrs School community.”

Chair of governors Andy Child said: “We have always been confident that High Storrs provides a good education for students and to have this confirmed through Ofsted’s toughest regime yet is really good news.”