Head of failing Sheffield school ‘delighted’ at new good ranking

Pupils of Brook House Junior School celebrate after they achieved a good Ofsted rating. Picture: Andrew Roe
Pupils of Brook House Junior School celebrate after they achieved a good Ofsted rating. Picture: Andrew Roe
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The head of a once failing Sheffield school says he is ‘delighted’ after being ranked good by Ofsted – but says they aim to be outstanding next time.

Mark Hinchliff, head teacher at Brook House Junior School, in Beighton, says the report is testament to the hard work of staff and pupils over the last two years.

Brook House Junior School achieved a good Ofsted rating. Picture: Andrew Roe

Brook House Junior School achieved a good Ofsted rating. Picture: Andrew Roe

After visiting in January, Ofsted inspectors found the school was good in every respect – a vast improvement from the previous ‘requires improvement’ ranking.

Mr Hinchliff said: “Everybody involved with the school is delighted that all the hard work we’ve put in has been acknowledged.

“Inspectors said the school is on a journey and has the potential to be outstanding in the next few years. We will work hard to live up to the expectation.”

The report found there had been a ‘relentless focus on teaching and learning’ since the last inspection and the school was ‘rapidly improving’.

Brook House Junior School achieved a good Ofsted rating. Picture: Andrew Roe

Brook House Junior School achieved a good Ofsted rating. Picture: Andrew Roe

It said: “Pupils make good progress and are now reaching standards that are above national averages in reading, writing and mathematics.”

The report added: “Teaching is consistently good with some that is outstanding. Teachers plan interesting lessons and appropriate activities which engage pupils and help them to learn.

”Pupils enjoy school, feel safe and behave well. They are polite and well-mannered, and they get on well with each other and with adults.”

Inspectors found the curriculum is well designed and interesting and promotes ‘positive attitudes to learning’.

Brook House Junior School achieved a good Ofsted rating. Picture: Andrew Roe

Brook House Junior School achieved a good Ofsted rating. Picture: Andrew Roe

They said school governors have been a ‘driving force’ for the improvements that are taking place.

To view the full report visit: reports.ofsted.gov.uk

Pupils of Brook House Junior School celebrate after they achieved a good Ofsted rating. Picture: Andrew Roe

Pupils of Brook House Junior School celebrate after they achieved a good Ofsted rating. Picture: Andrew Roe