Sheffield special school bouncing back

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A Sheffield school for pupils with autism and other learning difficulties has been rated ‘good’ by inspectors.

Bents Green School was given positive grades across the board with teaching found to be consistently good and sometimes outstanding.

Youngsters were making good progress in personal and life skills, meaning they were well prepared for the next stage in their education or training.

Most pupils were making good progress in English and maths, while the proportion who were doing better than expected was increasing rapidly.

Teaching assistants were also reported to be making a good contribution to the youngsters’ learning, while inspectors found the students’ behaviour was good.

The school’s sixth form was also judged good, with students well prepared for leaving school.

Senior staff had high expectations for what their pupils could achieve, and the youngsters applied themselves well to those predictions.

There were effective focused plans to ensure everyone was very clear about what part they played in improving pupil achievement levels.

Inspectors said the governing body was well led and had acted swifty to restore quality after the last visit found that the school required improvement.

However, it was felt that occasionally specific targets set for pupils were not challenging enough, especially for the most able.

And inspectors found that a few of the parents were not yet confident that their children were achieving well.