Standards unacceptable at ‘failing’ city primary

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A SHEFFIELD primary school has been placed on the failing blacklist after inspectors found its pupils are receiving unacceptable standards of education.

Senior staff at St Thomas More RC Primary at Grenoside have also been criticised for not showing they have the capability to turn the school around.

Inspectors found achievement levels at the school were inadequate, especially among eight to 11-year-olds where every group of pupils were failing to make sufficient progress.

By the time they were ready to leave, children’s levels of attainment were said to be ‘low’ in both English and maths, reflecting inconsistency in the quality of their education.

All the evidence was pointing to neglible improvement in the proportion of pupils reaching expected and higher levels of attainment, the report said.

A marked decline was found in almost all aspects of the school’s work since the previous inspection, when it was rated as ‘good’.

The report said the headteacher and senior leaders had failed to tackle issues facing the school promptly and directly, especially inadequate teaching which was the root cause of the children’s underachievement.

Inspectors said the situation had been made worse by a high turnover of staff which had created inconsistency.

As a result pupils were not properly prepared for secondary school, and expectations of their learning were not high enough.

A Sheffield City Council spokesman said: “The school is working closely with another primary school to address the issues raised within the Ofsted report.

“An action plan will be submitted soon to Ofsted setting out the steps that will need to be taken.”

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