Sunderland primary school needs to improve, say Ofsted inspectors

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A SUNDERLAND primary school needs to improve, say Ofsted inspectors.

Following a visit by the education watchdogs, Willow Fields Community Primary School was graded as requiring improvement.

Although the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils, and the leadership of the school were rated as good, the youngsters are not achieving as well as they should.

The report into the Witherwack school said: “Pupils do not achieve as consistently as they should. In recent times too few pupils have attained as well as they should by the end of Year 6.

“The progress that young children make in nursery and reception classes is not yet fast enough in acquiring the essential skills of speech, language and number.”

However, inspectors said the drive of the inspirational headteacher has led to exceptional progress in the last year and there are high aspirations for the school.

The inspectors added: “Currently, inspiring and imaginative teaching in Years 1 to 6 enables pupils of all abilities to achieve well.”

Inspectors said the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is particularly good and the school enjoys the confidence and trust of both parents and the wider community.