City school is back on track

Hallam Primary school celebrate a goos ofsted report
Hallam Primary school celebrate a goos ofsted report
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Education watchdogs have praised a Sheffield school for a dramatic turnaround - just 12 months after it was ordered to improve.

Staff at Hallam Primary are celebrating a job well done after achieving a glowing Ofsted report just one year and one week after inspectors told the school to raise the bar.

Headteacher Samantha Fearnehough said the school was ‘hit hard’ when it was the first in Sheffield to be inspected under new criteria just one week in to the new term in September 2012.

Since then it has been working hard to improve - and scored ‘good’ ratings in pupil achievement, behaviour and safety, quality of teaching and leadership when inspectors returned last month.

Pupils are said to make ‘rapid progress’ and the report offered praise for teachers’ focus on achievement.

Ms Fearnehough, who has been at the helm of the Hallam Grange Crescent school for almost three years, said: “When we were told we needed to improve we knew we were better than that. It was hard defending ourselves.

“I wrote to our MP Nick Clegg asking the inspectors to come back as soon as possible, and we’ve really been focusing on pupil achievement, teaching and learning.

“This Ofsted report confirms what we have been saying for a long time now – that Hallam is a good school.

“I am absolutely delighted that the hard work of our children and staff has been praised.

“This has restored confidence in the school and has been a huge boost for staff, parents and pupils.”