Sheffield primary school given improved grade

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Pupils are making good progress at a Sheffield primary school which has been given an improved rating by Ofsted inspectors.

Woodhouse West Primary has been given a grade of ‘good’ – one better than ‘satisfactory’ which was the verdict of the last check-up.

By the time children were ready to leave the school, most had reached standards that were above average in reading and maths, and broadly average in writing.

Inspectors found that in reading and writing the pupils had continuously improved at a faster rate than the national picture.

Disabled youngsters, as well as others with special needs and those from disadvantaged backgrounds were all doing well from their various starting points.

Teaching was usually of good quality across the school – and was sometimes outstanding.

Pupils were found to be enjoying school and were proud of their achievements.

Their behaviour was good and their attitudes to learning were very positive.

The leadership of headteacher Lynette Glossop had been central to the school’s improvement over the past two years, the inspectors said.

Changes introduced were continuing to have a very positive impact on achievement, teaching and learning, while the school’s curriculum was judged to be good and interesting.

One problem area was attendance, which was below the national average, while teaching did not always meet the needs of all pupils.