Sunderland academy school gets outstanding Ofsted

Pupils from Fulwell infant school Academy celebrating the school's outstanding Ofsted report.
Pupils from Fulwell infant school Academy celebrating the school's outstanding Ofsted report.
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STAFF and pupils at a city school are celebrating being among the best.

Fulwell Infant School Academy has been rated as outstanding in every area following an inspection from Ofsted.

Wendy Angus, headteacher at the Ebdon Lane school, said the news is a lovely way to round off the school year.

She said: “The academy and governing body are thrilled with the inspection report. The hard work and commitment of all staff in tailoring learning to provide the very best they can for every child, underpins the school’s success.

“The support from parents, the attitude, behaviour and thirst for learning of the children are all essential factors in the academy’s success.”

A report into the school said: “By the end of Year 2, pupils reach levels of attainment in reading, writing and mathematics which are significantly above average. They are very well prepared for moving on to junior school.

“Pupils of all ages make rapid progress from their broadly typical starting points and learn exceptionally well.

“The achievement of the most able pupils is excellent. A well above average proportion of pupils reach the higher levels of attainment.”

Inspectors said the performance of students at the school, which became an academy in 2012, who are supported by the pupil premium has improved rapidly and because of specialised help and support for those with special needs, they too make rapid gains in learning.

They said teaching is first rate with pupils enjoying excellent learning experiences, which are adapted very well to their varying needs and abilities, and the behaviour of youngsters is excellent.

In the report, the inspectors said: “Pupils are very proud of their school and of their accomplishments, as shown by the care they take with the presentation of their work.

“Pupils not only say they feel safe but prove it by their excellent knowledge about the dangers associated with computers and mobile phones.

“The school continues to improve quickly. A highly imaginative curriculum is tailored especially well to meet pupils’ varying needs.”

Governors hold leaders to account at the school and have an excellent grasp of its strengths, said inspectors.