Sunderland catholic school gets thumbs up from inspectors

Staff outside St Anne's RC Primary School, (l-r) Helen Short, headteacher Christine Lynch and Catherine Harrison.
Staff outside St Anne's RC Primary School, (l-r) Helen Short, headteacher Christine Lynch and Catherine Harrison.
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A SCHOOL has been given the seal of approval by education watchdogs.

St Anne’s Primary School has been dubbed good, with some outstanding features, by Ofsted inspectors.

Achievement and quality of teaching at The Hylton Road school, which last month celebrated its 50th anniversary, was rated good, while the behaviour of the children and the leadership of the school were rated outstanding.

Inspectors said: “Achievement is good in all subjects and it is outstanding in English. Pupils make excellent progress in reading and writing so that by the time they reach the end of Year 6 their attainment is above average.

“Pupils are exceptionally well behaved in lessons and around the school. They are polite and cooperative towards each other and adults. They enjoy school and are very proud of their recent anti-bullying award.

“Pupils feel safe and are safe.”

The inspectors said some of the teaching is outstanding and literacy is particularly well taught with teachers using excellent subject knowledge to plan interesting activities.

The report said: “The headteacher and deputy headteacher are a dynamic team who have high expectations.

“Their drive and enthusiasm are shared by other leaders and governors and pervade the school.”

Inspectors added: “The curriculum is interesting and vibrant with frequent enrichment opportunities. It makes an excellent contribution to the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.”

They said the school has made rapid improvements since the previous inspection where it was rated as satisfactory.