Inspectors’ mixed views on school

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A SCHOOL is giving children an adequate education, say watchdogs.

Gillas Lane Primary School, in Houghton, was judged as satisfactory overall by Ofsted inspectors, although the behaviour and safety of pupils was marked as good.

In a report into the Seaton Avenue school, they said: “It is not yet good because teaching quality varies across the school, and pupils do not consistently make good progress across all years and groups.

“It is improving after a period of staffing instability. More rigorous tracking of pupils’ progress is raising attainment.

“From starting points, which are mostly below that typically expected for their age, overall progress is satisfactory, including in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

“Progress varies between classes and subjects, being slightly stronger in mathematics.

“Nonetheless, there is noticeable improvement in all subjects because of staff development and higher expectations of what pupils can achieve, especially in reading and writing.

“Although improvement is not yet fully embedded, especially for boys in English, attainment is rising and is broadly average by Year 6 in English and mathematics.”