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Woodseats Primary School

Woodseats Primary School
Chesterfield Road
South Yorkshire

phone: 0114 2554619

head of school: Mrs Sinead Fox

school holidays: via Sheffield council

434 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
446 pupils capacity: 97% full

225 boys 52%

≤ 253y144a144b44c145y276y297y298y289y3210y29

210 girls 48%

≤ 273y184a54b84c105y266y317y298y269y1910y30

Last updated: June 18, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 434776, Northing: 383245
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 53.345, Longitude: -1.4791
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
May 20, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
Yorkshire and the Humber › Sheffield, Heeley › Graves Park
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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21 November 2014
Mrs Sinead Fox
Acting Headteacher
Woodseats Primary School
Chesterfield Road
South Yorkshire
S8 0SB
Dear Mrs Fox

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Woodseats Primary
School, Sheffield

Following my visit to your school on 20 November 2014, I write on behalf of Her

Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the

inspection findings. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made
available to discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most
recent section 5 inspection.
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in May 2014. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. At its previous section 5 inspection the
school was also judged to require improvement.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take
further action to:

 secure permanent arrangements for the leadership of the school so that

improvements are consolidated and developed

 ensure that all pupils make at least expected progress and a significant

proportion make better than expected progress in writing by the end of Years 2
and 6

 make sure that all children are suitably challenged within the Early Years so that

they acquire skills in mathematics and literacy at a faster rate.

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During the inspection, meetings were held with the headteacher, middle leaders, the
Chair of the Governing Body and a representative of the local authority to discuss
the action taken since the last inspection. The school improvement plans were
evaluated. Visits with the acting headteacher were made to the majority of classes.


After the previous inspection, a number of staff including the Executive Headteacher
have left or returned to their base schools following secondments. The Acting
Headteacher was previously the head of school for the past two years. At the
beginning of the autumn term 2014 the following appointments were made; an
assistant headteacher responsible for inclusion, two lead practitioners to lead
aspects of teaching and learning in Key Stage 2 and two newly qualified teachers.
There are three vacancies on the governing body which are in the process of being

Main findings

From 2010 to 2013 pupils’ achievement in reading, writing and mathematics was

significantly below that expected for their age by the end of Years 2 and 6. Results
of national assessments and tests in 2014 at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 clearly
show that the trend of under-achievement has been reversed. Throughout the
school the proportion of pupils making more than expected progress in reading and
mathematics is higher than the national average. Attainment in reading and
mathematics is above the national average by the time pupils leave the school.
These developments are significant and have been brought about as a result of

improved senior leadership, teaching, governance and pupils’ good behaviour

including their positive attitudes to learning.
While this is an improving school it is not yet as good as it should be. At the time of
the recent inspection in May 2014, inspectors noted that pupils were not making
sufficient progress in writing or reaching the standards of which they were capable.
This is supported by the results of national tests and assessments in 2014. Senior
leaders acknowledge this and have wasted no time in implementing strategies
identified in the school improvement plan. The recent appointment of a leading
practitioner to oversee the development of writing across the school is making a
notable difference to pupils’ current progress. All pupils now write on a daily basis,
increased opportunities are provided for pupils to write in a range of subjects as part
of their topic work and teachers model writing effectively during lessons. It is vital
that these improvements to provision are sustained and built upon so that the
proportion of pupils making more than expected progress in writing increases.

Provision in the Early Years has improved since November 2012. Achievement is
rising but now needs to accelerate so that all pupils acquire the requisite skills and
knowledge that will prepare them for the next stage of their education. It is
important that within this phase expectations of what children are capable of
achieving are higher. This needs to be reflected in more challenging activities in
literacy and mathematics.
For the past eighteen months an executive headteacher and head of school have
given the school focussed and sustained leadership. While further action is required
to improve teaching and raise achievement the extent to which the school has
improved since 2012 should not be under-estimated. One of the reasons for this is
the improved effectiveness of the governing body. Members check the work of the
school well and provide support and challenge in equal measure. However, it is
imperative that the momentum of improvement is not allowed to falter. To ensure
this does not happen the governing body should give urgent consideration to
securing the permanent leadership of the school at the earliest opportunity.
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The local authority has provided effective support particularly in relation to personnel
issues and this has helped the school move forward. The support for governor
training arranged by the local authority has also been a factor contributing to the
significant improvement of the effectiveness of the governing body. However, as the
school seeks to improve further the local authority will need to provide additional
support to enhance children’s progress within the Early Years.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of
Children's Services for Sheffield
Yours sincerely
Christopher Keeler

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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