Ofsted inspectors give Sunderland school the thumbs up

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A CITY school has been given thumbs up from education bosses.

Southmoor Academy has been rated good in all areas, including pupil achievement, behaviour, quality of teaching and leadership.

Ofsted inspectors said the Ryhope Road school, which will be opening a sixth form in September, looks set to continue improving.

They said: “Students’ academic achievement is good and previous areas of underachievement have been tackled well.

“The percentage of students gaining five or more passes at GCSE at grade A* to C including English and mathematics has been above that found nationally for the last three years.

“Secure evidence provided by the academy shows this trend continuing to rise in 2014 and beyond.

“The academy has focused robustly on the improvement of teaching. Teaching is now mostly good across the academy and some is outstanding.”

They said Southmoor students who need extra help to catch up are given effective support, with particular excellence in reading, and as a result the gaps in attainment between different groups are closing and almost all groups of students achieve well.

The report into the school, said: “The great majority of students are keen to learn and behave well. Their personal and cultural development benefits from an extensive range of opportunities to debate and discuss sensitive issues.

“The academy is very effective in teaching students the importance of safety.”