Headteacher’s delight as inspectors hail progress

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PROGRESS is ‘accelerating’ at a Sheffield primary school which scored a ‘satisfactory’ rating for a second time.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Handsworth, received the mark in its latest Ofsted report.

Inspectors found ‘signs progress is accelerating as teaching improves’ and performance management, including leadership of teaching, ‘has been strengthened’.

Rigorous monitoring has led to improvements in teaching, attendance and pupils’ writing, said the report, and leaders knew where improvement was needed.

But inspectors also said the 219-pupil school had not yet achieved a ‘good’ rating, because there was not enough good and outstanding teaching. Achievement is weaker in maths than English and boys’ attainment ‘lags behind’ that of girls.

Sheila Armitage, headteacher, said: “We were happy with the report, it was a fair reflection.

“It was satisfactory with an improving picture and we are working towards ‘good’.”

Inspectors, who visited the school in June, said children made ‘good’ progress in early years and progress was ‘satisfactory’ afterwards.

Curriculum developments heightened boys’ motivation - one of the signs a wider-than-average attainment gap between the sexes is ‘starting to narrow’.

Youngsters used their reading and writing skills confidently in different subjects.

The report said: “Pupils do not use and apply their maths skills confidently.”

Despite teachers being ‘more aware’ of the levels pupils work at, ‘higher attaining pupils are not always set sufficiently-challenging work ’.

But enthusiastic pupils’ positive attitudes to learning were highlighted, along with their ‘usually good’ behaviour.

See the full report at www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/107153