Sheffield academy’s ‘good’ Ofsted praises students

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A Sheffield school has been hailed as ‘good’ in its first Ofsted inspection since becoming an academy.

Bradfield School was judged good overall, with the behaviour and safety of pupils singled out as outstanding.

Inspectors found students made ‘good progress’ and GCSE results comparing favourably with national figures.

Performance in maths has improved thanks to work to turn it around.

The report said: “Strengths
 include teachers’ high expectations of their students and the ways they use questioning to challenge students and deepen their understanding.”

The school, on Kirk Edge Lane, Worrall, which converted to become an academy in December, was also described as ‘well led and managed’ by leaders who are ‘striving for academic excellence for all’.

Some teaching was outstanding and students made ‘rapid progress’ in most lessons. Students were described as a ‘real asset’.

The report said: “They are invariably friendly, polite and courteous towards each other, visitors and their teachers.

“They are a credit to the school and their families.”

Students also told inspectors bullying was rare at the school.

To improve further the school was told to ‘continue to drive up standards by improving teaching even more’, particularly in science.

Headteacher David Conway, who was also praised by Ofsted for communicating his ‘deep-seated belief that every student can achieve their best’, said: “The things they identified that we needed to work on we already knew about and had in our action plan.

“Praise to the students is something we have said for a long time.

“The inspectors commented on how hard our staff work in making sure there are good relationships between pupils, and pupils and staff.

“I’m very pleased with it.”

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