Satisfactory rating for city primary school

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AN INNER-CITY Sheffield primary school has been rated ‘satisfactory’ by inspectors who found many good elements in its work.

Prince Edward Primary at Manor Top was praised for the close attention given to the care, guidance and support of all its pupils and their families.

Behaviour was good overall, while parents and carers were full of praise for the school, saying it was getting better and better.

Children entering the school were well below expected starting points, but got off to a good start in nursery and reception classes.

However, older pupils were not doing well enough in English and maths because, although they were acquiring basic skills, they lacked confidence in applying them.

But the inspectors found the youngsters’ progress was improving securely and rapidly.

As yet, more-able pupils were not always making enough progress – unlike those with special needs or disabilities, who were doing well.

Attendance levels were up, but were still only average, while an increasing proportion of good teaching was found.

But lessons still showed a lack of consistency with quality fluctuating from year to year as work was not always challenging enough for pupils.

Inspectors felt the school had been held back by many changes to the school’s staff and the lack of a permanent leadership team – an issue which had now been addressed.

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