Signs of success at Sheffield school where kids shine

Celebration: Youngsters with Richard Laws, chairman of governors at Lower Meadow School.
Celebration: Youngsters with Richard Laws, chairman of governors at Lower Meadow School.
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THE only Sheffield school to offer sign language for hearing impaired youngsters is celebrating a good Ofsted report with ‘outstanding features’.

Inspectors judged Lower Meadow Primary School in Batemoor to be good in teaching and behaviour and said children were making good progress.

Most pupils with an educational statement for hearing impairment were also found to be making ‘outstanding’ progress.

Thrilled headteacher Jan O’ Connor said a number of ‘Shine’ values children worked towards – including teamwork, respect and never giving up – had a contributing effect.

She added: “We have some of the most vulnerable children in our school who are profoundly deaf and often with other complex needs.

“I think we should be proud of and celebrating that our students go to a school which is outstanding.”

One of the areas which the school, which has 29 pupils with hearing impairment, did particularly well in, was inclusion.

The report said that was a ‘strength’ and ‘pupils were all valued and supported as individuals’.

Bullying was rare and attendance rising, the report added, while the school was described as a ‘calm, safe and harmonious community’.

It said: “Pupils’ very positive attitudes towards school are shown in their enthusiastic participation in all aspects of school’.

Richard Law, chairman of governors congratulated staff and children for their hard work and praised the headteacher for continuing improvement in recent years.

See Class Act in The Star next Tuesday for more.