School needs to improve

The rebuilt Stocksbridge High School.
The rebuilt Stocksbridge High School.
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Pupils at a Sheffield secondary school are failing to make the progress expected of them in a range of subjects, inspectors have found.

Stocksbridge High is a school which requires improvement – losing its previous rating of ‘good’ – according to its latest Ofsted report.

Inspectors said that, over the last two years, standards were not as high as they should have been in many areas, including English and maths, and not enough final-year students were reaching the highest grades.

They also found boys were not doing as well as girls, while there was not enough good teaching.

In some classes, pupils lost interest in learning and were sometimes inattentive.

Inspectors found behaviour needed improvement, as not all teachers applied rules consistently, allowing some students to break them.

Not all teachers planned their lessons effectively, while the quality of written and verbal feedback on the youngsters’ work varied.

Students were not always clear about what they were meant to be learning, or how much progress they should be making.

However, the report said senior staff and governors had a clear view of the improvements needed.

Parents also backed the school and said their children were happy to be there.

There was good and outstanding teaching in the school, while changes were already having a positive impact.

Steve Davies, headteacher, said the report painted a fair and accurate picture of the school.

He said: “We are delighted the inspectors recognised the significant strengths in our school community.

“They describe a safe and welcoming environment, with supportive and committed staff,” he said.

Sandra White, chair of governors, said a significant link had been forged with the outstanding Notre Dame High School in Ranmoor.

She said: “We have been building partnerships to support us in ensuring the very best education for our young people.”