School ‘needs improvements’

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Standards are not high enough and teaching is inconsistent at a Sheffield nursery infant school which inspectors say needs to improve.

Pupils are making variable progress at Wincobank Infants because of gaps in learning, and they do not speak, read or write with sufficient confidence and accuracy, according to an Ofsted team.

Youngsters are not given enough opportunities to work independently or properly develop their speaking skills.

And some groups of children are not making as much progress as their classmates, while several pupils are not attending school regularly.

While changes were being made, more remained to be done in all key areas to ensure they were consistent and fully implemented, the inspection report found.

But there was praise for the school’s leadership, which was assessed to be driving overall improvement along very effectively.

Staff were working as a united team who were determined to improve the life chances of all pupils, and the school now had a very secure base for further improvement.

Pupils starting school with a diverse range of abilities and needs were warmly welcomed while staff made sure that those who needed the most help received it.

The children also knew that poor behaviour was not tolerated, although the attitudes of some pupils towards their learning still required improvement.

Inspectors found the school had taken in a large number of children from Roma families and other ethnic groups.

Money had been spent wisely to create a facility called The Harbour where pupils could work in small groups often with bilingual staff, helping them to settle in and make progress.

All classes were benefiting from well-trained assistants who worked with children speaking English as a second language.

Wincobank is now on course to become part of an academy trust with neighbouring Hinde House School, with which it already has close ties.