Sheffield primary school fails to raise standards according to inspectors

Byron Wood Community Primary School, Earldom Road
Byron Wood Community Primary School, Earldom Road
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A primary school in Sheffield has failed to raise standards despite being ordered to improve by inspectors.

Byron Wood Primary, in Burngreave, was given a ‘requires improvement’ rating when inspectors from Government education watchdog Ofsted, visited in July – the same rating it received in 2013.

The behaviour of pupils was rated as good but the school failed to improve on standards in other areas.

Headteacher Satadru Ashton said she was disappointed but was confident the school will improve.

Inspectors found the quality of teaching is not consistently good and many teachers do not clearly explain to pupils about what they are learning.

Not enough pupils reach expected standards in English and maths but inspectors said that in the last year they have started to reach the standards expected in subjects.

Some staff lack sufficient skills to support pupils’ reading needs and children in the early years do not get enough opportunity to improve their language skills quickly.

Leaders and managers have not ensured that all policies and procedures are consistently applied, they do not ensure staff receive effective professional development and evaluations do not ensure the quality of teaching is consistently good.

But inspectors said that leaders and managers have secured some improvements in teaching and pupil learning in the last few months and governors have undertaken a review of the work they need to do.

Inspectors also praised the behaviour of the ‘polite and courteous’ pupils.

Ms Ashton said: “As a school we were very disappointed with the recent Ofsted inspection especially as for the first time we had not only met national combined floor targets but exceeded them by 10 per cent.

“We have already put in place various new teaching and learning strategies since January and over the summer holidays our senior leadership team have updated our school action plan which will directly address the areas for development identified by Ofsted.

“We are confident that this will see us building on the success of last year’s results as we continue to drive up attainment and progress in all year groups across the school.”

She added the school has begun additional after school booster classes and extended the school day with all children starting at 8.30am for extra tuition.