Sheffield school is ‘improving’ says Ofsted inspectors

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A SHEFFIELD primary school is improving according to an education inspection.

Bankwood Community Primary in Gleadless was rated ‘satisfactory’ in its latest Ofsted report with attainment in English and maths below average in year six.

But inspectors said achievement was on the up with youngsters ‘improving progress and attainment’ being a main strength.

The report said: “Although pupils’ attainment is below average at the end of year six there has been a trend of improvement in recent years and it is clearly rising.

“Increased numbers are making better than expected progress.

“Children in the early years foundation stage make good progress and achieve well.”

Head Fiona Connor was described as giving ‘purposeful leadership’ and the effective teamwork of senior leaders and the school’s governing body were described as ‘central to the school’s improvement’.

Teaching ranked as ‘good’ at Bankwood was also increasing, the report said, although there were ‘inconsistencies’ between classes.

The report added: “There are times when different groups are given work that does not provide sufficient challenge.

“This limits the progress pupils make and is especially the case for those who are more able.

“Marking and feedback is not always used effectively to provide pupils with precise guidance on how to improve.

“In the best lessons teachers have high expectations of pupils’ performance and provide activities carefully tailored to meet individual need.”

To improve the school must raise attainment in English and maths to at least the national average, improve the quality of teaching and strengthen leadership and management by developing middle management.