Sheffield pupils are praised for good behaviour

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‘OUTSTANDING’ behaviour from pupils has been highlighted at a Sheffield school.

Clifford CE Infant School’s latest Ofsted report rated it ‘good’, but reserved particular praise for its 90 youngsters and their attitude.

When inspectors visited the Psalter Lane site in Nether Edge they found ‘pupils have very positive attitudes to learning and respond well to praise’.

Teaching was marked good, with some outstanding features, in the report.

Sue Preston, Clifford headteacher, said: “I was pleased to see how many outstanding lessons the inspector was able to be part of during our inspection.

“The staff work hard to give our children the best education they can.

“The inspector was also able to see our school lived up to its strapline of learning, creativity and love.

“But the stars were the children who were articulate, polite and enthusiastic about their learning, school and the world in general.

“We are lucky to have such amazing children and also have the fantastic support of their parents.”

Inspectors said children make good progress and attain standards above national expectations at Clifford.

The report said: ‘The headteacher provides clear direction and leads teaching well, through a programme of monitoring and support.

‘Leaders, including the governing body, keep a close eye on the school’s performance.’

But the report warned ‘not enough pupils are reaching the higher levels in mathematics, because the work presented to them is not always at the correct level’.

That was the only area highlighted for improvement, with the school urged to accelarate progress in the subject to the same levels as reading and writing.

Ms Preston said: “We look forward to building on our success, working on areas we could improve and continuing to make Clifford the best little school in Sheffield.”

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