Sheffield school celebrates ‘outstanding’ rating

Mrs Nott celebrates Nether Edge Primary Schools top Ofsted results with pupils Conall, Armaan. Sabah, Safa, and  Sunehral
Mrs Nott celebrates Nether Edge Primary Schools top Ofsted results with pupils Conall, Armaan. Sabah, Safa, and Sunehral
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Staff and parents at a Sheffield primary school are celebrating after inspectors rated it ‘outstanding’.

Nether Edge Primary School was given the top rating overall by Ofsted, as well as being rated as highly as possible in four out of five categories.

Headteacher Matthew Knox, who was previously a teacher at the school before becoming head, said he was delighted with the results, and that it reflected the combined effort of everyone at the school.

“I’m very pleased. The report does not just point to the any individuals but praises the efforts of the whole school - the teachers, staff, parents and children,” he said.

He added: “I introduced the value system, and respect is our first value. It’s encouraging that Ofsted has picked up on that.”

The school was rated as ‘outstanding’ for its leadership and management, the behaviour of its pupils, the quality of teaching and pupil achievement.

It was also rated ‘good’ for its early years provision. Overall, the report - from an inspection on January 28 to 29 this year - showed the school’s improvement from its previous ‘good’ rating.

It said: “Throughout the school, the majority of pupils make outstanding progress from low starting points and reach above-average standards in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

“Teachers set high expectations and plan learning that inspires, challenges and engages pupils so that they make rapid progress.

“Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They are polite, interested and curious about the world around them. Pupils quickly develop key values such as respect, tolerance and resilience.”

Nether Edge Primary School is ‘much larger’ than average and ‘almost all pupils’ come from minority ethnic backgrounds, the report added, and most pupils speak English as an additional language.

It also said the school has an above average amount of disabled pupils and disadvantaged pupils.

The report also praised the school’s extra-curricular activities, adding: “The school has developed a creative approach to learning and delivers an exciting range of subjects.

“Specialist teachers provide expert French, music, physical education and computer lessons. “The school offers a rich variety of clubs from knitting and cooking to multi-skills and basketball.”

Nether Edge councillor Nikki Bond joined in singing its praises. She said: “It’s fantastic for the school and it reflects the very hard work of staff and pupils at the school.

“At Nether Edge we have a headteacher who is very committed to his role, and we have teachers who do a fantastic job.”