Ballifield Primary School

Primary
Handsworth Grange Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S13 9HH

Head:  Mrs Amanda Smith


Pupils: 480

Gender: Mixed

Ages: 3 to 11

Type: Foundation school

Boarding: No

Religion: Does not apply

School Description by Ofsted


Ofsted
Piccadilly Gate

Store Street

Manchester
T 0300 123 4234
M1 2WD
www.gov.uk/ofsted



9 March 2017

Mrs Sheila Haigh
Headteacher
Ballifield Primary School
Handsworth Grange Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S13 9HH

Dear Mrs Haigh

Short inspection of Ballifield Primary School

Following my visit to the school on 8 February 2017, I write on behalf of Her
Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills to report the
inspection findings. The visit was the first short inspection carried out since the
school was judged to be good in March 2012.

This school continues to be good.

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school
since the last inspection. You have created a calm, welcoming ethos and secured a
culture of high expectations among the staff as well as the full support of parents.

At the previous inspection you were challenged to ensure consistently good
teaching to strengthen pupils' skills in writing and to improve their handwriting and
presentation. You have made sure that all leaders check the quality of teaching
carefully to pinpoint precisely what needs to be strengthened and identify good
practice that can be shared. You have given teachers time to observe good practice
and checked that it is having a positive impact on improving the quality of teaching.
Teachers have adopted common approaches to develop good-quality writing and
the teaching of other subjects.

You have increased teachers' expectations by providing clear guidance about what
you require in terms of the quality of handwriting and presentation. You have made
sure that there are opportunities throughout the week for all pupils to practise their
handwriting and presentation skil s. Pupils' skills have developed well and work is
usual y wel presented and supporting secure learning. However, there are occasions
when boys do not present their work to a consistently high standard in key stage 2.

You have been thorough in making sure that pupils use their writing skills effectively
in a wide range of subjects and they apply their mathematical skills well. This was
an additional area identified as requiring attention from the previous report. Pupils




Progress 8 Score - Reading

-2.1
BELOW NATIONAL
Confidence interval is -3.6 to -0.6

Progress 8 Score - Writing

-1.9
BELOW NATIONAL
Confidence interval is -3.4 to -0.4

Progress 8 Score -
Maths

-1.3
NATIONAL AVERAGE
Confidence interval is -2.7 to 0.1

SATS

53%
BELOW NATIONAL AVERAGE (64%)

Percentage of pupils reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths

SATS HIGH SCORE

2%
BELOW NATIONAL AVERAGE (10%)

Percentage of pupils achieving a high score in reading and maths and working at greater depth in writing

% Pupils first language not English

4

Percentage of pupils with English not as first language (EAL)

% Pupils eligible for FSM

12.8

Percentage of pupils eligible for Free School Meals at any time during the past 6 years


Average Salary

£38,015

Pupil Teacher Ratio

27.7

Number of Teachers

18

Full-time Equiv Teachers

16.5

Teaching Assistants

20

Teaching Assistants Equiv

15.3

No Vacancies.

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