Efforts under way to improve Seaham school

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EDUCATION bosses said a Seaham school needs to improve after a recent visit.

Ofsted inspectors said St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, in Seaham, needed improvement overall.

Although pupil achievement and teaching at the Mill Road school are not up to standard, behaviour of the pupils and leadership is good.

In their report the inspectors said: “Over time, pupils’ achievement and progress has varied across year groups, subjects and between different groups.

“Not enough teaching over time has been good or better, because teachers have not always used the information about how well pupils are achieving to plan lessons, and set work that help pupils to make the best possible progress.

“Teachers do not always ask questions that probe pupils’ understanding.

“This means that some pupils struggle to cope and others, particularly the most able, sometimes work at tasks that are too easy for them.”

However, they said: “Pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching are improving rapidly because of effective leadership and management.

“The acting headteacher provides strong and decisive leadership.

“Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are good and they take pride in their work.

“Pupils feel safe in school.”