School to hit new heights by pulling together

Children from all year groups at Cliffe Hill Community Primary School, Lightcliffe.
Children from all year groups at Cliffe Hill Community Primary School, Lightcliffe.

Staff, governors, parents and children have vowed to work together to ensure Cliffe Hill Community Primary School develops into a ‘good’ school.

The school in Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe, was rated as needing improvement under the new Ofsted framework.

Mackenzie Bradley-Wilkinson, 11, and Holly Crawshaw, 10, at Cliffe Hill Community Primary School, Lightcliffe.

Mackenzie Bradley-Wilkinson, 11, and Holly Crawshaw, 10, at Cliffe Hill Community Primary School, Lightcliffe.

Inspectors found that pupils are friendly and polite and pupils of all backgrounds work and play in harmony. They rated the behaviour and safety of pupils as good saying that pupils with behavioural difficulties are supported sensitively and pupils have a secure understanding of what bullying is and know about its different forms.

They said that teaching was not yet consistently good enough but pupils make good progress in some groups, although it is slower in others where teaching is less strong.

Additional funding has helped to provide extra support for pupils in lesson, in small group work and on a one-to-one basis.

The marking of pupils’ work has been successfully improved by a recent focus on this aspect for the whole school. Staff carry out diligently and make clear to pupils what they need to do to improve, although time is not always allocated to ensure pupils consistently make these improvements.

The report says that leadership and management requires improvement but there is currently no deputy head teacher and the majority of middle leaders are new to their roles. School self-evaluation is accurate. “Pupils’ progress is accelerating at a good rate in some year groups and this has been particularly the case for writing. The quality of marking is more consistent and effective and strategies to improve attendance have been successful.”

The head teacher Lindsay Lomas has a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and is tackling its shortcomings.

She said: “Our recent Ofsted inspection highlights several areas for development which are being addressed in order to move Cliffe Hill forward.

“The staff, governors, parents and children will continue to work together to ensure that Cliffe Hill develops into a consistently good school. We are pleased that the Ofsted inspectors saw many strengths and their report includes praise for the behaviour and safety in school and the care and support we offer to all of our pupils.

“Staff and governors are keen to make progress quickly and action plans are in place to secure improvement.”