Ofsted inspectors demand improvements from Sunderland school

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EDUCATION bosses say a Sunderland secondary school has some serious weaknesses.

Ofsted chiefs rated Sandhill View School as inadequate overall following a recent inspection.

But Richard Bain, headteacher at the Grindon Lane school, said they are already working towards addressing the issues raised by the watchdogs.

Inspectors said the achievements of the pupils is inadequate and the quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of the pupils and leadership all require improvement.

The report said: “This is a school that has serious weaknesses. Too many students, especially those supported by the pupil premium, do not make enough progress or attain well enough in mathematics.”

“Levels of attainment in humanities and modern foreign languages are also low. The quality of teaching is not improving fast enough.”

However, they said strengths of the school include leaders bringing about improvements at Key Stage 3 and pupils, particularly girls, are making good progress in English.

Inspectors said students with special needs receive very good support within a caring and inclusive school community, and pupils with hearing or visual impairments make particularly good progress.

Mr Bain said: “We are already working to address the concerns raised by the Ofsted inspectors, but also to build upon the strengths which they also identified to maintain the improvements already achieved.

“Letters have been sent to all parents and carers inviting them into school, and we look forward to their continued support. Working together we can achieve a great deal and help all our pupils reach their full potential in the classroom.”