Inspectors demand improvement from school

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SCHOOL chiefs have been told by inspectors they must do better.

Boldon School, in New Road, Boldon Colliery, has been given a “requires improvement” rating by education watchdog Ofsted.

The quality of teaching was described as “inconsistent”, with the majority of weaker teaching seen in the core subjects of English, maths and science.

The number of pupils leaving with five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C, including English and maths, has fallen in the last two years.

But inspectors recognised the school was improving and judged the behaviour and safety of pupils as “good”.

Lead inspector Ann Ashdown said: “Teaching, although improving, is not yet consistently good across the school. A small amount of teaching is inadequate.

“Pupils’ progress in maths and English, although now accelerating, does not compare favourably with that of students nationally.”

The inspection report said leadership and management of the school require improvement because roles in checking the quality of teaching and pupil progress are not fully developed.

But it added: “The school is improving and has the capacity to improve further because senior leaders are aware of its strengths and are tackling its weaknesses.”

Pupils were seen behaving well in most lessons and around the school.

Attendance, although below average, was said to be improving and exclusions have been reduced. Pupils feel safe in school, it added, and enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum of vocational and academic courses.

The school has been told to eliminate the small amount of inadequate teaching, raise attainment and further accelerate pupils’ progress and develop the roles of leaders and managers. It will be inspected again in the next two years.

No one from the school was available for comment.