A Sheffield junior school has been rated ‘good’ by inspectors who found a large proportion of pupils were making progress at faster rates than nationally.
Youngsters at Hunters Bar Juniors were doing well and were very well prepared when it was time to move on to secondary school.
Teachers were found to have high expectations and were skilled in using the information they had on each child’s progress to make sure they provided work that challenged all of them to do their best.
Pupils who were disabled or had other special needs were very well supported, and made such good progress that many were taken off the official register before they took their SATs.
The Ofsted team found the behaviour of pupils in lessons and around the school was good, with many examples of youngsters helping and supporting each other.
The children said they felt very safe in school, and their parents agreed.
Senior teachers were found to be providing a clear vision which was effectively focused on school improvement, with the result that standards had risen since the last inspection.
The professional development of staff was also encouraged and this was helping to maintain the good quality of teaching.
Governors brought a range of skills to their roles, and were very effective in challenging senior staff to ensure high standards.
Inspectors felt there are still improvements to be made, as standards in writing were not quite as high as those in reading and maths.
Another problem was attendance and some pupils from ethnic communities were being adversely affected by being taken on extended family holidays to their country of origin during term time. Almost a quarter of pupils are of Pakistani heritage.