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SHEFFIELD HIGH SCHOOL Inspection Report 2013


SHEFFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

INSPECTION REPORT 2013


In January 2013 Sheffield High School was inspected by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI).

Quality of the pupils’ achievements and The inspectors look at nine different areas of school life: Learning • • • • • • •

The quality of pupils’ achievement and learning The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision The quality of teaching The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils The contribution of pastoral care The arrangements for the welfare, health and safety of pupils The quality of leadership and management, including links with parents, carers and guardians • Early Years Foundation Stage How are schools graded? Inspectors grade the school’s provision and pupils’ performance in all the nine different areas according to the following scales: Excellent Good Sound Unsatisfactory Sheffield High School was judged to be EXCELLENT in all nine areas.

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The Inspectors’ overall summary was: ‘throughout the school pupils receive an excellent


“Quite, quite brilliant! You must all be over the moon - testament to your brilliant staff and lovely pupils�. (GDST Director of People)


The quality of pupils’ achievements and learning is Excellent “Pupils receive an excellent education in accordance with the school’s aims to stretch and challenge them”

“Pupils throughout the school demonstrate high levels of knowledge, advanced understanding and considerable skills in all that they do”

“Pupils throughout the school exhibit outstanding attitudes to learning and show palpable enjoyment and satisfaction in all that they do”

“Pupils are creative, often bold, think independently and speak clearly and confidently”

“The level of attainment in national tests, together with the work seen in lessons Inspection Report 2013 | 4 and the pupils’ books indicates that pupils make excellent progress in relation to


The contribution of curricular and extracurricular provision.

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The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision: Excellent “Parents’ responses to the pre-inspection questionnaire demonstrate an extremely high level of satisfaction with the curricular and extra-curricular provision.” “The excellent programmes in the EYFS provide rich and varied experiences for all children and in the Junior and Senior Schools a broad and deep curriculum provides a wide range of stimulating opportunities.” “Great emphasis is placed on ensuring that pupils are able to choose courses or activities according to their needs and interests” “Outstanding achievement in curricular and extra-curricular activities reflect the pupils, willingness and desire to avail themselves as widely as possible of the opportunities at school.” “Pupils have excellent opportunities to organise their own activities and exercise leadership appropriate to their age by assisting and running clubs for younger pupils.” Inspection Report 2013 | 6


The contribution of teaching: Excellent “Teaching is lively, develops the pupils’ intellectual talents, fosters independent learning skills and creates an environment in which pupils enjoy learning.” “Parents and pupils are highly satisfied with the teaching.” “Additional support is readily available to all pupils when needed.” “Teaching exhibits high expectations and a clear understanding of how children learn.” “The best teaching takes advantage of the exemplary behaviour of pupils, leading to rapid progress in learning.” “Teaching shows excellent subject knowledge and uses a variety of highly successful approaches.” “Much teaching demonstrates the highest expectations of pupils and uses knowledge of their needs and abilities in planning. Inspection Inspection Report Report 2013 2013 || 88


Spiritual, Social The spiritual, social and culturalThe development of the pupils: Excellent and Cultural Development of the pupils. “By the time they leave school, pupils are confident young women with a strong sense of self-worth and great respect for others.”

“Pupils are self-aware, have a good understanding of the place faith plays in their lives and are emotionally mature.” “They grow and flourish as self-assured young women.” “Pupils’ moral development is outstanding. They have a strong sense of right and wrong and are keen to help each other.” “They show an excellent understanding of the need to treat all with courtesy and respect.” “The social development of pupils is excellent. Throughout the school they are active Report 2013 members of the community and willingly assume rolesInspection of responsibility and | 10 service.”


The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care, welfare, health and safety: Excellent “The staff is highly effective in providing support and guidance to pupils of all ages.” “Throughout the school staff act as excellent role models giving clear guidance on behaviour and placing a high priority on the safety and well-being of the pupils.” “The school is highly successful in promoting good behaviour and guarding against harassment and bullying.” “A wide range of highly effective methods is used to seek the pupils’ views and this is a particular strength of the school.” “What a superb inspection report that in our opinion is wholly justified. We could not “In lessons and elsewhere, pupils are co-operative and respectful, listening to the be more pleased with the views of others and interacting with staff and peers in a relaxed yet purposeful atmosphere.” education our daughter has

“The school has excellent arrangements for the pupils.”

received since joining the school in Year 7. The head, teachers other staff and are aand creditsafety to the school”. welfare,pupils health of “Many congratulations”.


The quality contribution ofgovernance. arrangements for pastoral care, The of welfare, health and safety: Excellent “The staff is highly effective in providing support and guidance to pupils of all ages.” “Throughout the school staff act as excellent role models giving clear guidance on behaviour and placing a high priority on the safety and well-being of the pupils.” “The school is highly successful in promoting good behaviour and guarding against harassment and bullying.” “A wide range of highly effective methods is used to seek the pupils’ views and this is a particular strength of the school.” “In lessons and elsewhere, pupils are co-operative and respectful, listening to the views of others and interacting with staff and peers in a relaxed yet purposeful atmosphere.” “The school has excellent arrangements for the welfare, health and safety of pupils.” Inspection Report 2013 | 12


The quality of governance: Excellent

“The Council of the Girls’ Day School Trust provides effective and highly efficient oversight of the school.”

“The local School Governing Board members are highly active, positive advocates for the school and contribute significantly to its success.”

“There is an excellent balance of challenge and confirmation and these factors add greatly to the success of the school.”

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The quality of leadership and management, including links with parents, carers and guardians: Excellent “The highly active leadership at all levels throughout the school is effective in enabling its aims to be fully met, as confirmed by high levels of pupils and parental satisfaction.” Report 2013 “Senior managers have a strong vision for the schoolInspection which is clearly and | 3 energetically imported and is actively supported by all. This is a significant factor in the success of the school as seen in the excellent achievements and personal development of the pupils.”

“Leadership of the academic life of the school is robust and in the pastoral area there is an acute focus on the pupils’ welfare and personal development.” “The school secures well-qualified and dedicated staff who contribute much to the community.” “The quality of links between the school and parents is excellent and strongly supports the school’s aims.” “Parents are keen well informed of their of their child’s

academic and social progress, parents feel any concerns are dealt with swiftly and effectively.”


Early Years Foundation Stage: Outstanding The quality of leadership and management, including links with parents, carers and guardians: Excellent “The Children in the EYFS are extremely well cared for.”

“The highly active leadership at all levels throughout the school is effective in “The quality attainment for children the EYFS is excellent.” enabling its of aims to be fullyand met,progress as confirmed by highinlevels of pupil and parental satisfaction.” “Partnerships with parents are outstanding. Parents involved in their children’s learning have daily to for discuss progress withisclass teachers.” “Senior and managers have opportunities a strong vision the school which clearly and energetically imported and is actively supported by all. This is a significant factor in theexcellent success of the schoolin asthe seenEYFS in the provide excellentrich achievements personal for all “The programmes and variedand experiences development of the pupils.” children.” “Leadership of thehigh academic life of and the clear schoolunderstanding is robust and in pastoral area “Teaching exhibits expectations of the how children learn.” there is an acute focus on the pupils’ welfare and personal development.” “Children care for and respect each other, take time and share willingly.” “The school secures well-qualified and dedicated staff who contribute much to the community.” “The quality of links between the school and parents is excellent and strongly supports the school’s aims.” Inspection Report 2013 | 16

“Parents are kept well informed of their child’s academic and social progress.


“This report is a truly marvellous endorsement of all that the High School is striving to achieve. I wanted to say how very impressed I am with the school, its pupils and the staff – whose skill and dedication is second to none.” (Y3 Parent)


Early Years Foundation Stage: Outstanding “The Children in the EYFS are extremely well cared for.” “The quality of attainment and progress for children in the EYFS is excellent.” “Partnerships with parents are outstanding. Parents are actively involved in their children’s learning and have daily opportunities to discuss progress with class teachers.” “The excellent programmes in the EYFS provide rich and varied experiences for all children.” “Teaching exhibits high expectations and clear understanding of how children learn.”

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Sheffield High School Junior Department 5 Melbourne Avenue


Would you like your daughter to be part of an EXCELLENT school? Please contact the Admissions Secretary on 0114 3587602 to arrange an appointment to meet the Headmistress and view the school or for a copy of our prospectus. You can also contact the school by: 0114 2660324 enquiries@she.gdst.net sheffieldhighschool.org.uk


Mrs A Jones BSc Mrs V A Dunsford BA Headmistress

Infant & Junior Department 4-5 Melbourne Avenue

10 Rutland Park

Sheffield

Sheffield

S10 2QH

S10 2PE 0114 2661435 0114 2660324

The Girls’ Day School Trust is a Limited Company, Registered in England No. 6400. Registered Charity No. 306983 Registered Office 100 Rochester Row, London SW1P 1JP, www.gdst.net


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