Junior school overturns failing judgement

Published Tuesday, 29th November 2016
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A once failing junior school is now one of Rotherham's best performing schools following a recent Government inspection.

Bramley Sunnyside Junior School, on Flanderwell Lane, was in special measures just three years ago, but Ofsted inspectors have now given it a “good” rating, after results showed it was exceeding measures not just locally but nationally too.

The school is now in the top 15 per cent of schools in the country for progress between the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 for reading, writing and mathematics, with the combined key attainment measure rising to 93 per cent – which is significantly above the national average of 53%

Headteacher, Helen Headleand, said: “Our school has been on an incredible journey placing all our children at the heart of an engaging and creative curriculum.  Our young learners thrive, through the high standards we instil to “believe it – achieve it” and we did. I am immensely proud to be the Headteacher of Bramley Sunnyside Junior School.”

Cllr Gordon Watson, Rotherham Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Children and Young People’s Services said: “This is a fantastic turnaround for this school and highlights the efforts of the teachers, school staff and the pupils who have all worked really hard to deliver this outcome. Rotherham schools are some of the best in the region, if not the country, and Sunnyside is following a trend of high standards all parents should expect our schools to make for our children.”

With school outcomes well below the national average across the board up to 2012, Bramley Sunnyside Junior School was described as ‘inadequate’ in January 2013 and put in to special measures.

But with the appointment of the new headteacher, Sunnyside subsequently went from strength-to-strength, raising its standards in teaching, mentoring and attendance, receiving an Ofsted report of ‘requiring improvement’ in June 2014 and most recently earning ‘good’ this year.

Leader of the Council and ward member for Wickersley, Cllr Chris Read, said: “This is a great result for the staff and students of Sunnyside Juniors, and for the wider community that supports them. It’s a huge credit to all the hard work that they’ve undertaken.”