School’s delight at improvement

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A SHEFFIELD school is emerging successfully from difficult times with pupils now achieving satisfactory standards, a visiting team of inspectors has found.

Whiteways Primary School, Grimesthorpe, had previously been given an official Notice to Improve after going through a period of low achievement and uncertainty.

More than 90 per cent of youngsters at the school are from ethnic minorities and the pupil roll fluctuates as some families stay for only a short period of time.

It is also currently changing from a junior school into a larger-than-average primary.

The school dipped below minimum standards in its maths and English results in 2011, after making the grade in the previous two years.

But inspectors said it now has an expert headteacher, dedicated senior leaders and governors who have all steered the school through a turbulent period of change.

They found the school was at the heart of its culturally-rich community and the pupils developed well. The children’s learning and achievement was now satisfactory and their progress accelerated in the final two years where teaching was more consistently good.

However, progress in lessons was not yet rapid enough, because there were inconsistencies in the marking of work, but behaviour was satisfactory and the children felt safe and secure in school.

Headteacher Steve McMullan said: “We are delighted we have moved on from a Notice to Improve. However, although we are progressing in the right direction, we know there is a lot more work to do to take the school forward in order to continue to improve.”

n For the full report, see http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/106992