Ofsted inspectors demand action from ‘inadequate’ Sunderland school

Redby Primary Academy, Fulwell Road, Sunderland.
Redby Primary Academy, Fulwell Road, Sunderland.
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A REPORT into a failing city school says urgent improvement action is needed.

As revealed in the Echo, Redby Primary Academy has been placed in special measures due to falling standards.

Now, the latest report from Ofsted is demanding action.

Before becoming an academy in November 2011, the Fulwell Road school was rated as “good” by inspectors. However, after their latest visit they said it was inadequate in almost all areas, including pupil achievement, quality of teaching and leadership.

They also said the school required improvement in the behaviour and safety of pupils.

The inspectors said the attainment and progress of Year 6 pupils in 2012 was significantly below the national average; attainment in Key Stage 1 remained significantly below the national average since 2011, with no sign of improvement; and nursery children’s achievement was also inadequate.

Their report said: “Teaching is inadequate overall. Teachers’ assessment of pupils’ learning and their needs are not accurate enough. Expectations of what pupils can achieve are too low, so the pace of learning in many lessons is slow.

“Pupils’ attitudes to learning, including those of the most able, are diminished because they are not inspired by tasks or rewarded with a good level of success.

“The headteacher does not provide a clear direction or demonstrate a strong commitment to improving known weaknesses in the academy.”

However, the inspectors said: “Pupils behave well around the academy. They are polite to staff and visitors to the academy. Pupils feel safe and secure in the academy. Pupils say that bullying is rare, and are confident that it is dealt with quickly and firmly by adults.”

School headteacher Val Shield said the latest SATs results were the school’s best ever, with 91 per cent of pupils reaching the national target of level four or above in literac,y and 96 per cent in maths.

She said: “Obviously we are disappointed with the report, but we will come out of this a better, stronger school and what we need is parents to support us while we’re doing that.

“Even though the judgement is very disappointing, we will accept the challenge, and are confident that we can regain our previous grading of good within a year.”