|Name||Acres Hill Community Primary School Closed|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Inadequate|
|Inspection Date||24 November 2015|
|Address||Mather Road, Littledale, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 4GQ|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||359|
Information about this school
The school is a larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children) is above average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and with English as an additional language is well above average. An above-average proportion of pupils receive support for their particular special educational needs. An interim headteacher was appointed in September 2015 and four class teachers took up their posts at the same time. In 2014 the school met the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. It is unlikely that these standards will be met in 2015.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an inadequate school Achievement throughout the school is inadequate. All pupils, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs do not make the progress that they should. Mathematics is not taught well. Pupils’ understanding of how to apply mathematical skills is muddled. Since the last inspection the quality of teaching has deteriorated and pupils’ attainment has declined in both key stages. Leaders have not checked the progress made by different groups of pupils or the quality of teaching. Expectations of what pupils can achieve are not high enough. Untidy work is often accepted by teachers and pupils do not always know how to improve their work. Leaders, including governors, have not made effective use of the pupil premium funding to ensure that the progress of disadvantaged pupils improves. Middle leaders are unable to monitor their areas of responsibility effectively because their skills are underdeveloped. Governors have not challenged leaders systematically or checked the quality of provision for themselves. Attendance, although improving slightly, is low. The school has the following strengths The new interim headteacher has a clear vision and is moving swiftly to improve the quality of teaching and get the school back on track. Staff have responded positively to the very recent changes and are determined to improve their practice. More children in the early years are making the progress expected than at the time of the previous inspection. Pupils from different backgrounds socialise and play well together and enjoy learning about each other’s cultures.