Ofsted praises Sunderland schools, childminders and the university

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SUNDERLAND’S schools, university and childminders are among those being praised by Ofsted.

Nine education providers in the city were among more than 100 best in the North East who were praised in Ofsted’s chief inspector’s annual report for the school year 2010-11.

The nine judged as outstanding during the year were two schools – Columbia Grange and St John Bosco – the University of Sunderland, one children’s home and five childminders.

The report draws on more than 31,000 inspection visits across the schools, early years, children’s social care and learning and skills sectors of England.

It highlights where improvements are being made, but also the need for greater ambition from those whose services are consistently no more than satisfactory.

Among those schools which are seen as ‘coasting’ - judged no more than satisfactory twice in a row - were Sunderland’s St Cuthbert’s RC Primary, Shiney Row Primary and Oxclose Village Primary, as well as Seascape Primary in Peterlee and Seaham’s St Mary Magdalen’s RC Primary.

The chief inspector, Miriam Rosen, said: “Everyone who has contributed towards the delivery of the outstanding services across the North East deserves our recognition.

“From the visits I make around the country, I know just how much hard work and dedication goes in to delivering the best outcomes for children, young people and learners. I hope others will be inspired by these successful providers.”

The report showed a fall in the number of inadequate schools and an increased speed with which schools are coming out of special measures.

But it also showed almost 800 of England’s schools were judged satisfactory for a second time, and 16 of the 84 colleges inspected were satisfactory for the third time in a row.

The report highlights continuing concerns that the more deprived the family a child comes from, the more likely they are to attend an inadequate school.

Ms Rosen, said: “Inspection is about helping services to improve so that children, young people and learners of all ages can benefit from the very best. It is therefore encouraging to see from this year’s annual report the strides being taken by some of those who have previously been judged to be failing.”

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