School needs to improve

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A WEARSIDE primary school has been told it needs to do better.

Ofsted inspectors said the previously rated good Dubmire Primary school now requires improvement.

Following their latest visit to the Britannia Terrace school in Houghton, inspectors said although the behaviour and safety of the children was rated good, the school needs improvement overall.

The report said: “Standards in writing are below average throughout the school. Whilst the majority of pupils are making the progress expected of them from below average starting points, progress is not fast enough to help them catch up and reach the standards they are capable of.

“Pupils are not making enough progress in mathematics in Key Stage 1 to help them reach the standards expected for their age.”

The inspectors said some of the teaching requires improvement because expectations are not high enough and work is not matched accurately to the different abilities of pupils.

They said the school does have a number of strengths, including pupils being friendly, polite and enthusiastic and well behaved.

The report adds: “Pupils thrive in a calm and caring atmosphere where they feel valued and safe.”