Rotherham school is ’outstanding’

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A South Yorkshire school has been hailed as outstanding in every category after a visit by Ofsted inspectors.

They said pupils are making excellent progress at Sitwell Infant School, in Rotherham, and their levels of achievement are exceptional, they found.

By the time they reach the age of seven, the children’s attainment are significantly above average in reading, writing and maths.

Inspectors found youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds this year were also making the same progress, which was not the case in the past.

The youngest pupils made an excellent start to their education, due to the school’s outstanding teaching, which continued in every year group.

Inspectors said activities for the children at the Grange Road school in Broom were highly enjoyable and well planned.

Staff had high expectations of their pupils and worked well to ensure tasks were carefully matched to their precise needs.

Pupils were also praised for their excellent behaviour, in school, in the playground and while out on visits.

Headteacher Jane Skupien – who inspectors praised for her exceptional leadership – said she was delighted the school had been rated outstanding for a second time.

She said: “Our mission is to be the best that we can be – and the whole team at Sitwell Infant School has proved that we are.

“The wonderful children try really hard all the time to be the best they can be, really enjoy their learning and behaviour is exemplary.”