Ofsted inspectors say Sunderland school must do better

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A WEARSIDE school has been told to do better by education bosses.

Following a recent inspection by Ofsted, Castletown Primary School has been rated as requiring improvement.

A report into the Grange Road school said pupils do not make enough progress in Years 1 to 4 so, by the end of Year 6, standards are not as high as they should be in reading, writing and mathematics.

Inspectors said: “Progress of some groups of pupils is slower than that of others in Years 1 to 4. They do not receive the necessary support for their learning and so they fall behind their peers.

“Measures to check the progress of under-achieving pupils across the school are not as effective as they could be.

“Teaching is not consistently good. Too often, tasks for pupils of different abilities start at the same level and for some, work is too easy and for others too difficult.”

The inspectors said the pace of improvement at the school is not fast enough and the pupil premium funding does not benefit all eligible pupils as effectively as it should.

However, the inspectors said: “Pupils feel safe in school and behaviour is good. Pupils work hard and make great efforts to please their teachers. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make good progress. Within the caring and supportive setting, children access an exciting range of activities which stimulate them and help them become independent learners.”

To improve, the school needs to raise the quality of teaching and standards, and strengthen leadership and management.

Headteacher Joan Lumsdon said: “I am, and have always been, very proud to be headteacher of Castletown Primary School. We will continue to work together as a school community to ensure that all the points for development are actioned, building on the very solid foundations that we already have.”