Church school praise

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MOST pupils are achieving well at a Sheffield church school rated ‘good’ by inspectors.

Children in reception get a good start to their education at Hillsborough’s Sacred Heart RC Primary School, and their progress continues as they move through the school, inspectors found.

Teaching and learning standards were found to be good, with examples of outstanding practice, although by the time youngsters were ready to move on their attainment levels were average.

In most lessons, teachers set high expectations of learning and set challenging tasks which enabled the pupils to progress well.

However, in a few sessions tasks were set that were either too easy or too difficult for some.

Pupils were praised for their positive attitudes to learning, their good behaviour, and their well-developed social skills which all helped to support their learning.

Inspectors felt in some classes the children’s attitudes and behaviour were exemplary, while attendance was consistently above average.

There was good leadership and direction from the head for pupils and staff, while senior teachers had successfully raised standards and quality in the classroom.

One problem was pupils did not always have enough opportunity to organise their own learning and work independently, while a minority of parents had concerns about how the school communicated with them, especially about their children’s progress.

However, in general the children left well prepared for the next stage of their education.

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