Ofsted labels Sunderland school as ‘inadequate’

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A WEARSIDE primary school has been placed in special measures for failing to provide youngsters with an adequate education.

Ofsted inspectors gave Hasting Hill Primary School, in Thorney Close, the lowest possible scores for overall effectiveness and its capacity to make sustained improvements.

“Attainment is low and achievement is inadequate,” inspectors said of the Tilbury Road school.

“Progress is uneven as pupils move through the school, and is linked to variability in the quality of teaching.

“Although there is a small amount of good teaching, too many teachers have low expectations of what pupils are capable of achieving.

“The progress made by pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, is inadequate because of variations in the quality of intervention and support.

“In addition, inconsistencies in the challenge and pace of learning offered to pupils who are more able also results in their underachievement.”

The inspectors also said marking is inconsistent, the curriculum is inadequate, leadership and management are inadequate and the governing body has not challenged the school robustly enough.

However, they said pupils enjoy school, behave satisfactorily and are developing responsible attitudes to learning.

Chief Inspector of Schools at Sunderland Council, Margaret Ferrie, said: “The city council is working very closely with the leadership of Hasting Hill Primary School to address the issues that have been raised in the recent Ofsted report.

“An action plan has been put in place and we are confident that, with the range and level of support that the school will receive, progress will be made quickly.”

Jane Walton, who took over the role of acting headteacher at Hasting Hill Primary School in November, said: “Everyone at the school is working hard together to address the issues raised by Ofsted, and achieve the levels of improvements that we are all aiming for.

“We have taken into account the report, and will use its findings to target our efforts even more effectively.

“Naturally, we’ll be keeping everyone informed of how we move forward.

“We are working closely on this action plan with the city council, and will be reporting to parents regularly on our progress.”

Areas inspectors listed for improvement included increasing the rate of pupils’ progress, boosting achievement by raising expectations, providing activities to meet the abilities of the most able, and those with special educational needs, and improving attendance.

They said the school also needs to improve the quality of teaching and learning, ensure the governing body fulfils all statutory responsibilities, and develops a well-planned curriculum to meet needs of individuals and groups.