PUPILS who spend their entire first years of education at a Sheffield nursery infant school make better than average progress, an inspection team found.
But above average numbers of children leave or join Tinsley Nursery Infants at different times of the academic year, affecting their attainment.
The school has been rated satisfactory by Ofsted, marked down a grade as pupils were not doing as well as they should in English and maths.
Too few pupils were reaching higher levels in their work because activities in lessons were not demanding enough.
Children got off to a good start at school and made good progress from low starting points, and their attainment was satisfactory later on.
Inspectors rated the quality of teaching as satisfactory overall, but found it was inconsistent.
When the teaching was good the activities were challenging and the youngsters made good progress.
The children’s behaviour was found to be good, especially in lessons.
Attendance levels had also risen over the last year.
The school’s leadership and management were also satisfactory overall and since the last inspection had showed they had the capacity to make improvements.
Headteacher Karen Wilson said she was pleased the inspectors had identified the hard work that had been put in since the last inspection.
“There is clear evidence that pupils are beginning to catch up with national average attainment, and that underachievement is being tackled effectively,” she said.
“We are now working hard to maximise the learning and progress of our many new arrivals and plan to build on our strengths to raise standards further.”
See www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/107018 for the full report.