HIGH HAZELS JUNIOR ACADEMY ACHIEVES FIRST ‘GOOD’ OFSTED RATING
~ Sheffield primary school rated ‘Good’ in all areas ~
~ Inspectors praise school’s ‘ambitious’ curriculum and ‘strong links with the community’ ~
~ Pupils are said to ‘enjoy attending school’ and ‘understand the importance of tolerance and respect’ ~
Pupils and staff at High Hazels Junior Academy are celebrating after being judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted for the first time.
High Hazels Junior Academy joined United Learning, the national group of primary and secondary schools, in 2015. Since then, the school has gone from strength to strength, with its most recent Ofsted report showcasing the host of improvements that have been made.
Following their visit last month, inspectors have praised the school, judging it to be ‘Good’ in each of the four main inspection categories – namely the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management.
In their report, inspectors described pupils as being well-behaved, ‘confident’ and ‘keen to share their ideas with the class’. As well as having access to an ‘ambitious’ curriculum, inspectors said that pupils get the opportunity to hear from special guests and enjoy educational visits that supplement the learning being done inside the classroom. Activities for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities are said to be similarly ‘well planned’ and teachers are committed to ensuring that ‘effective support’ is in place.
In terms of the school’s leadership, inspectors noted that ‘leaders and governors are passionate about the school’ and have made particularly strong improvements to reading standards, helping pupils to develop a ‘wide range of comprehension skills’. Leaders were also said to have worked hard to establish ‘strong links with the community’, with inspectors referencing the school’s annual lantern parade as an example of this ongoing local partnership work.
As well as this, inspectors commented on the healthy relationship that pupils have with one another. In their report, inspectors highlighted that pupils ‘understand the importance of tolerance and respect’ and celebrate one another’s differences. The children were said to ‘enjoy attending school’, with staff prioritising the children’s safety and creating a supportive learning environment.
Asma Maqsood-Shah, Headteacher at High Hazels Academy, said:
“All of us at High Hazels Junior Academy are very proud of our most recent Ofsted report which is a result of the dedication and support of our pupils, staff, governors and parents. What is particularly pleasing is that the inspectors noted how much our pupils enjoy attending school and saw for themselves all of the steps we have taken to make sure improvements are being made across the academy. We look forward to building on the inspectors’ comments for the future