Solid progress at city primary

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A SHEFFIELD primary school was rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors who said pupils achieved well and were making solid overall progress.

Children at Monteney Primary School in Parson Cross were doing particularly well in English, but in maths their progress was not as strong, the inspectors found.

The school missed out on the top outstanding category because there were some inconsistencies in the quality of teaching and in the youngsters’ work.

Children starting school were usually below expectations for their age, but by the time they moved on, their attainment levels were broadly average.

In most lessons pupils were interested, actively involved and learned well thanks to the good overall quality of teaching.

But on occasion tasks were not closely enough matched to the youngsters’ individual needs and so they did not improve quickly enough.

Pupils felt happy and safe in school, they behaved well in lessons and around the school and had positive attitudes to their learning.

The inspection team felt senior staff and governors were ambitious for the school and committed to improving education within the community.

Executive headteacher Nicola Shipman said she was delighted with the verdict.

“Monteney has maintained the high standards seen at our last inspection in 2007 - indeed results last year in all parts of the school were all above national averages,” she said.

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