Troubled school shows dramatic improvement

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A SHEFFIELD school that was on the failing blacklist only a few years ago has turned itself around - after gaining 100 per cent pass rates in this year’s tests for primary pupils.

Five years ago Totley Primary was put in special measures due to a decline in standards, but new SATs results tell a different story.

Other primary schools right across the city - from Foxhill and Meynell in the north to Emmanuel in the south east to Greengate Lane in the north east - have also achieved similar gains in English and maths.

Other schools making excellent progress include Lowfield, Hartley Brook, Sharrow, Nether Edge, Greengate Lane, Fox Hill, Pye Bank, Emmanuel Junior, Porter Croft, Rainbow Forge and Meynell primaries.

Effort have been made by council officers, teachers and governors to improve results at all schools, with a particular focus on those that have been struggling to achieve good grades in previous years.

This has included working with families of neighbouring schools and putting in lead and executive head teachers to stop schools failing.

Cabinet member for children, young people and families Coun Jackie Drayton said: “I am very pleased to see that these schools in particular have achieved so well and staff and pupils should be thanked for all their hard work in achieving these results.

“This is brilliant - I’m so pleased to see these schools have achieved so well. Staff, pupils, governors, parents and carers in all improving schools are to be congratulated.”

Full national results are not yet available so no comparisons can yet be made with neighbouring authorities. They will not be available until later this year.

Early national results will be published next month with the final validated outcomes due in the autumn.

National figures for Key Stage 2 tests will not be reported until August and schools have still to be told if their applications for re-marks and appeals have been granted.