Struggling Sunderland nursery is making improvements, say inspectors

Millfield Nursery School - Bell Street, Millfield, Sunderland.
Millfield Nursery School - Bell Street, Millfield, Sunderland.
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EDUCATION bosses say a struggling Wearside school is now on the up.

Millfield Nursery School was placed in special measures 15 months ago when it was rated as inadequate.

However, following the most recent monitoring visit to the school, in Bell Street, Ofsted inspectors said the nursery is making reasonable progress toward the removal of special measures.

Following the original inspection, in December 2013, the school was told to urgently reduce the number of accidents, improve the quality of teaching, pupil achievement and attendance.

Now a report following the latest visit, two weeks ago, said: “Since her appointment, the acting headteacher has taken successful steps to review the systems for tracking and collecting data on children’s achievements, and to check that this information is more accurate.

“Through regular meetings, leaders have improved the accountability of staff for children’s progress in their key worker groups.”

The inspectors said although there have been improvements in the quality of teaching, not all staff are responding to guidance from leaders rapidly enough.

They said: “Children’s behaviour is improving as specific work is being carried out to encourage them to be kind to one another, take turns and share equipment.”

The report added that attendance at the school was improving but is still not as good as it could be.