OPINION: School is outstanding

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An ‘outstanding’ rating for any school by inspectors is always a cause for celebration.

But the achievement of Brightside Nursery Infants - which has received the grade for the second time in a row - deserves special praise. The school is far from the wealthier Sheffield suburbs and takes in children with a rich ethnic mix, just over a third speaking English as a second language. Yet standards of teaching and learning in this small school put those in many other parts of the city to shame, with first class leadership from its headteacher Debbie Kelly. Just as significant is that this seems to be a happy school, one big family where you can sense its special qualities the moment you walk through the door. Staff, parents, pupils and governors can all be very proud of their achievements.

A city that shaped her

The story of former Vietnamese boat survivor Lesley Vu is as inspiring as it is heart-warming about her memoires of Sheffield. Lesley, whose story features on page 3 of our Style supplement today, has made a life for herself in San Diego, but she says she has the good people of Sheffielf to thank for it. Arriving in Sheffield with nothing, her parents made a go of their lives and ran their own takeaway. But Lesley, too, also made a go of her young life, and, with the help of some inspirational teachers she set herself up for a degree education, always holding on to the memories of those who helped her in her time of need. And that is a mark of Sheffield folk.

Let’s sing win’s praise

There are certain people who are the glue that stick our communities together, and without them, we would be a poorer place. One of those is Win Topham, who at the age of 90, is still helping the Sheffield Harmony ensemble to perform. And she says she doesn’t intend stopping - she is a real treasure to our city.