Turnaround Sunderland school celebrates outstanding Ofsted report

Headteacher Jane Ward, with some of the pupils from St Cuthbert's RC Primary school celebrating an outstanding Ofsted report.
Headteacher Jane Ward, with some of the pupils from St Cuthbert's RC Primary school celebrating an outstanding Ofsted report.
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CELEBRATIONS are under way at a Sunderland primary school which has been transformed in less than two years.

St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School was graded as just satisfactory in 2011, but now it has been graded outstanding in every area by Ofsted inspectors.

Jane Ward, headteacher at the Grindon Lane school, said everyone involved with the school is elated by the report.

She said: “It is really just a tremendous achievement and one that the entire school community truly deserves.

“As all schools do, we work very hard, and it is through that hard work, commitment and dedication of the staff that we have done so well.

“We have come a long way in a short time, and it’s a real tribute to the effort put in by a very supportive staff team. Everyone just wants the very best for the children.

“Our pupils are just wonderful, we have good relationships with parents, and the governors are very supportive. St Cuthbert’s really is a very special place.”

However, Mrs Ward said there was never room for complacency, and staff are always coming up with new ideas and ways to improve and keep it moving forward.

In their report inspectors praised the “ambitious vision” of Mrs Ward and her outstanding leadership. They said: “The headteacher is wholeheartedly supported by highly skilled, dedicated staff and governors who share her ambitions for every child to be the best they can.”

They added that children get off to a “flying start” in their first years, make excellent progress and teachers make sure they find success in every lesson.

The report concluded: “By the end of Year 6 pupils exceed the national average in English and mathematics, standards in reading are exceptionally high.”

The inspectors said teaching is outstanding, with teachers and assistants working at a high level to meet the needs of every pupil and constantly checking on how well they are learning to set the right level of challenge for more improvement.

They also said behaviour is exemplary.