Primary school gets good marks from inspectors

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EDUCATION watchdogs say a Sunderland school is improving rapidly.

Ofsted inspectors said Rickleton Primary School in Washington is good overall with some outstanding features.

A report into the Vigo Lane school said the new headteacher, Colin Lofthouse, had substantially raised the expectations of teachers and parents in a relatively short time.

They said: “Achievement is good. The above average Year 6 national test results in 2014 were much better than in 2013 and pupils’ current standards have risen further because teaching has improved.

“There is an excellent atmosphere for learning throughout the school and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding.

“When pupils have not met the challenging targets that the school has set for them, teachers and classroom assistants provide very effective support to enable them to catch up.

“Teaching is good and continually lifts pupils’ attainment and rates of progress.”

To continue improving the school needs to raise the rate of learning in more lessons from good to outstanding.