Sunderland junior school making big improvements

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A JUNIOR school is making big improvements, say Ofsted inspectors.

Following a visit to Barnes Junior School in Sunderland, education chiefs said the school was performing well in every aspect and rated it good overall.

The report into the school said: “This school has improved significantly since the last inspection. Pupils’ progress has improved dramatically.

“Nearly all pupils are making expected progress from their starting points, and the number of pupils making better progress than this is getting much closer to the national average.” The inspectors said teaching is good and improving, and staff are highly motivated to continually improve their skills.

They said: “Pupils enjoy coming to school.

“They are keen to do their best, and 
very positive relationships between pupils and adults are evident across the school. Their attendance is above average.”

The inspectors said pupils are 
well cared for and say they feel very safe in school.

They added that since the last inspection, the senior and middle leaders have ensured the school has maintained a relentless focus on improving pupils’ progress and teaching.

Hilary Cooper, headteacher of the school in Mount Road, which was previously rated as needing improvement, said: “I am delighted that the incredible hard work of all members of the staff team has been so well recognised.”

To improve further, the school needs to increase the proportion of pupils who make more than expected progress.