Sheffield secondary school surging back

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A well-known Sheffield secondary school is back on track after inspectors rated it as ‘good’ overall – with an outstanding sixth form.

Problems were found at King Edward VII School in Broomhill two years ago with Ofsted finding that it required improvement.

But a check-up earlier this month found the school now has outstanding leadership and management at all levels, driving it forward very strongly and successfully since the last inspection.

As a result, and with support from the governors, there had been rapid improvement to the quality of teaching and to the pupils’ achievement levels.

Students were found to have positive and mature attitudes to learning and they were eager to give their best.

Their behaviour was good, they felt safe in school and the vast majority were proud of their school.

The youngsters’ attendance had also improved and was now above average, the inspectors found.

The school was found to be an exceptionally harmonious community with respect for others at its core, and the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was outstanding.

Checks discovered the quality of teaching had improved significantly – it was now good and sometimes its impact was outstanding.

Teachers had very good subject knowledge and expected their pupils to work hard in class – and were rarely disappointed.

Academic achievement by the students had improved significantly since 2013 and their attainment at GCSE was now above average.

The proportion of pupils making the progress expected of them and doing even better than that was now above average in English and well above average in maths.

And the most able students were now making outstanding progress thanks to the high levels of challenge being presented to them.

The attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and other youngsters in the school was found to be closing rapidly and securely.

Sixth-formers were achieving outstandingly well with a very high proportion going on to higher education, many at prestigious universities.

Areas identified for improvement included the quality of marking and feedback for students, which was inconsistent.

And youngsters did not always pay enough attention to accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar in their written work, or take enough pride in its presentation.

Headteacher Beverley Jackson said everyone at the school was delighted with the verdict.

She said: “There is no area of school life that has not been commented on favourably.

“Inspectors acknowledged that steps taken to improve the school are reaping a fine harvest.”