Sheffield school on blacklist

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A SHEFFIELD junior school is on the failing list after inspectors found pupil achievement levels, teaching quality and its leadership all to be inadequate.

Standards achieved by children at Concord Juniors in Wincobank were well below average, and they were not making progress that would be expected.

Their teaching was not good enough to improve matters sufficiently and as a result the pupils were not well prepared for secondary school, the inspectors found.

Work in lessons was either too hard, or more often too easy, stopping youngsters, especially the more able, from making good progress.

Too frequently the pupils didn’t understand what they needed to learn by the end of lessons, while their teachers did not always encourage good behaviour.

There had been many changes to the school’s leadership and teachers since the last inspection, which had made it harder for senior staff to bring about the improvements that were needed.

And not all governors had a full picture of the school’s weaknesses or a clear understanding of how to tackle them.

Chair of governors Alison Warner said: “We are of course disappointed with the outcome of the inspection. But we are determined to improve in a way which will build on the strengths of our school and allow all our children the opportunity to reach their potential.

“We are proud of our school community and the way in which our children get along. Last year we achieved our best ever SATs results, and this will pave the way as we move forward.”

See www.ofsted.gov.uk/search/apachesolr_search/concord%20juniors for the full report.