Standards significantly improve at Sheffield primary

Watercliffe Meadow School, Boynton Road has received a good Ofsted report. Picture: Andrew Roe

Watercliffe Meadow School, Boynton Road has received a good Ofsted report. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Staff have been praised for significantly improving standards at a primary school in Sheffield.

Watercliffe Meadow Community Primary, in Shirecliffe, has been rated as good – the same rating it was given in 2011 by inspectors from Government education watchdog Ofsted.

Inspectors have found that during inspections standards have been improved significantly and by the end of Year 6, most pupils reach the expected levels of attainment.

They also found that provision in early years is good and pupils catch up quickly from starting points that are well below average.

Pupils are found to be well taught and teachers set work that engages youngsters. Children were also praised for their conduct around school and in classes.

Inspectors also praised leaders for having a clear and accurate view of how well the school is performing and where it can do better.

They work well together to check on progress, staff training is bespoke and of high quality and, as a result, pupils’ achievement continues to improve.

Headteacher Ian Read said the school is addressing the next steps to further improve.

He said: “The inspection team recognised the challenges we – and many other schools – face and worked hard to gain the views of parents and children during the two days they were with us.

“I am very proud of the hard-working and caring team of staff at Watercliffe Meadow who are striving to provide the best possible educational experience for the children and families in our community.

“I am also pleased that the report acknowledges the efforts that staff go to in order to make Watercliffe Meadow a happy and caring place.”

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