Infant school on road to improving

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A SUNDERLAND infant school is making progress say education watchdogs.

Grindon Infant School was told in October last year that it required improvements.

Ofsted inspectors said the school, in Gleneagles Road, needed to raise the quality of teaching, narrow the gap between the achievements of boys and girls and establish a system to gather reliable information on pupils to better identify actions for improvement. After a recent monitoring visit to the school, inspectors said improvements are already being made and a new headteacher took up the post last month.

They said: “Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement.

“Evidence gathered during this visit demonstrates that the school has made a positive start in addressing many of the identified actions. For example, a system to track the attainment and progress of all of the children has been implemented and is used well by staff in their lesson planning.

“A timely review of the school’s marking and feedback policy, together with staff training, has resulted in pupils’ literacy and numeracy workbooks being marked in depth and pupils responding to, and learning from teachers’ feedback.”