Standards slide at Sheffield primary school

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Standards have slipped at a Sheffield primary school which inspectors say requires improvement.

Anns Grove Primary in Heeley was rated ‘good’ after a previous check-up but has now slipped down a grade.

Inspectors found every key aspect of the school’s performance was below par.

Standards in reading and maths were not high enough, and too few pupils were making good progress in maths by the time they were ready to leave.

Not enough of the teaching was good or better, while the staff’s expectations of what their children could achieve was not always high enough.

Sometimes work set for the pupils was too easy, especially for the most able, while teachers accepted work that was poorly presented.

The marking of work was not consistently good, while teachers’ comments were not always clear enough.

Pupil behaviour in some lessons was not good enough, which prevented all the children from learning well.

And senior staff were yet to fully implement or evaluate plans aimed at raising attainment levels or improving teaching quality.

But inspectors also found plus points, finding the children’s schooling got off to a good start in the foundation stage.

Older pupils were making good progress in writing, while the children enjoyed coming to school and attendance levels were rising.

Youngsters were well cared for and said they felt safe, while the headteacher and governors were found to be determined to make improvements.