Sunderland schools among UK’s top improvers

Cathy Westgate, head teacher at Hudson Road Primary School, Villiers Street South, Sunderland, with some of her pupils who are celebrating the school being in the Top 100 nationally for sustained improvement in level 4 Sats results.

Cathy Westgate, head teacher at Hudson Road Primary School, Villiers Street South, Sunderland, with some of her pupils who are celebrating the school being in the Top 100 nationally for sustained improvement in level 4 Sats results.

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SOARING results have seen two Sunderland schools win top praise for being among the most improved in the country.

Hylton Red House Primary and Hudson Road Primary both had letters of recognition from the Department of Education, for being among the country’s top 100 schools who have seen their results shoot up over the past three years.

A 44 per cent improvement on the number of children gaining level 4 or more in Key Stage 2, saw Hylton Red House’s results rise from 48 per cent in 2009 to 92 per cent in 2012, putting it in eighth place.

Hudson Road Primary saw an improvement of 41 per cent from 44 per cent in 2009 to 85 per cent last year, making it the 25th most improved.

Steve Williamson, who took over as headteacher at Hylton Road Primary in 2009 – to improve the quality of education when the school was in special measures – said they were thrilled with the news the school was one of the most improved nationally.

“It has been a team effort,” he said.

“The hard work of our staff, pupils, parents and governors has paid off.

“You can be sure that children coming to our school make fantastic progress and get the very best start in life.

“To see our efforts rewarded in this way is very encouraging for the school community.”

Cathy Westgate, headteacher at Hudson Road Primary in Hendon, said everyone at the school was delighted to receive a personal letter congratulating them on their success.

The Villiers Street South school is also celebrating a recent visit from Ofsted inspectors, who rated it as good in all categories with some outstanding features.

Mrs Westgate, who took over as headteacher at the school in 2009, praised the hard work of staff and pupils.

“We have the highest expectations of all our pupils and staff do their utmost to make sure that every child achieves their very best.

“We also have a strong emphasis on personal development and high standards of behaviour so everyone can learn.

“I think the school has come a really long way and it is wonderful to see all that hard work come together. The kids here are fabulous.”

Mrs Westgate said the school is keen to build on its success and has set itself new and challenging targets for this year.

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