Inspectors praise Sunderland school

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A CITY primary school has been given the thumbs-up from education bosses.

 Broadway Junior School in Sunderland has been rated good in all areas after a visit by Ofsted inspectors.

 A report into the Springwell Road school said: “Pupils’ reading is a strength of the school’s work, because of the high priority the school gives to it and the involvement of all adult staff in listening to pupils read.

 “Members of the auxiliary staff play an important part in helping pupils to read well.

 “Evidence in books, in classrooms and in the school’s records show that teaching over time has been good.”

 The inspectors said the behaviour of students is good and improves as they move through the school.

 They said: “The headteacher and deputy headteacher make a good team with their different specialisms and preferences.

 “One likes keeping a check on systems to track achievement, while the other specialises in pastoral care.

 “Middle leaders make a good contribution to pupils’ progress and to improving teaching. The governing body is committed and ambitious and supports the school well.”

 To improve further the school needs to accelerate pupils’ progress and improve their attainment, particularly in writing by having more emphasis on basic writing skills and making sure that work for pupils is sufficiently hard, particularly for higher ability pupils.