School scales new heights as inspectors praise its progress

Tinsley Junior School celebrate their good Ofsted report
Tinsley Junior School celebrate their good Ofsted report
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Talk about rapid progress.

Tinsley Junior School on Bawtry Road in Tinsley, Sheffield, has jumped from a ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’ rating in less than a year since its previous inspection.

The school is now shouting about its triumph after education watchdog Ofsted published its latest report on the school.

Pupils were praised for making ‘good progress’ to attain broadly average standards in English and maths, from a lower than average starting point.

Teaching was in some cases ‘outstanding’ with classrooms run well and staff having high expectations of pupil behaviour.

Headteacher Rebecca Webb said everyone at the school had been working hard to improve.

She said: “We are really pleased. In a very short period of time we have managed to move from satisfactory to good and the inspectors commented on a number of areas that were exemplary such as our safeguarding and curriculum.

“There has been a lot of change across the school. A huge amount of work has gone into teaching and learning and all areas of the school have been improved.

“It’s been hard work but there has been a lot of commitment from the team.

“Now we have got to good we are looking to be outstanding next.”

Pupil behaviour, which has improved over the last two years, was praised in the report, as was a significant jump in attendance as well.

The leadership of Ms Webb – who joined the school two-and-a-half years ago – was described as ‘central’ to the good improvement.

Tinsley’s governing body was also hailed as ‘ambitious’ and involved in helping the school move forward and progress in its achievements.

The school was not yet outstanding as some pupils lacked accuracy in constructing sentences, did not have a thorough understanding of some key maths vocabulary, and there were not enough opportunities for pupils to work things out for themselves, according to the report.

Ms Webb added: “One of the reasons we couldn’t get outstanding is that we need to show improvement over a certain amount of time, which is three years.”

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