Pupils’ delight as school is praised by inspectors

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PUPILS and staff at a Sheffield school are celebrating after being praised by government inspectors.

Malin Bridge Primary School has been rated a good school after Ofsted officials visited.

In their report published this week, inspectors from the education watchdog have praised pupils’ attitudes and achievements, teaching standards and the school’s leadership.

The report, which follows a visit last month, said: “Reading levels are above average throughout the school, and consistently so.

“Pupils say they read often and they talk enthusiastically about a range of books and authors.

“Teachers have good subject knowledge and so are able to explain ideas clearly.”

The behaviour of the Dykes Lane school’s 427 pupils, aged four to 11, was also highlighted.

The report said: “Pupils behave well in classrooms and around the school. They are courteous, polite and open and welcoming to visitors.”

Headteacher Stephen Betts also came in for praise from the inspectors.

They said: “The headteacher gives an excellent lead in establishing clarity of vision for the school, where raising attainment and the quality of education offered are central to all activities.

“His ambitions for further improvement are shared by all leaders and the governing body.”

Mr Betts said: “We are delighted with the outcome, which reflects the hard work of the staff, children, parents, carers and governors.

“We are not satisfied with being a good school, because we want Malin Bridge to be the outstanding school its community deserves, but it is pleasing we are able to celebrate and take pride in the progress we have made so far.”

The school has been urged to improve pupils’ progress in writing and not to miss opportunities ‘to develop pupils’ speaking and listening skills’.

n For the full report, see www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/107100