Washington school improving after being put in ‘special measures’

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A SCHOOL that was placed in special measures is making significant progress, say inspectors.

Usworth Grange Primary School, in Washington, was put in special measures in September last year when Ofsted inspectors found it to be inadequate and too many pupils were not making good enough progress in maths, science and English.

However, pupils have returned to an improved school, after the latest monitoring visit by inspectors found it was making satisfactory progress.

The report said: “Pupils’ progress since the last visit has improved and underachievement is identified more quickly as a result of higher-quality assessment information.

“Inspection evidence indicates the school’s curriculum and care, guidance and support are continuing to improve.”

Councillor Pat Smith, Sunderland City Council portfolio holder for children and learning city, said: “The city council has been working closely with Usworth Grange Primary School and we know first hand that everyone in the school is working tremendously hard to raise its standards.

“I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised this progress in its last two inspection visits of the school.”

The school in Marlborough Road, Sulgrave, was placed in special measures just three weeks after a new management team, including a new headteacher and deputy headteacher, were appointed.

Headteacher Leigh Ford said: “We are really happy that Ofsted has recognised the improvements being made in the school and it is a timely boost to all of the teachers who are working so hard.

“We are aware that there is still a long way to go on our improvement plan.

“Hopefully this news can reassure parents that the school is now on the right track to success.”

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