Sunderland primary school’s turnaround after becoming academy

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A SCHOOL is turning its fortunes around after becoming an academy.

Hasting Hill Primary School was placed in special measures two years ago, but is now enjoying a much brighter future.

The school, which was officially opened as Hastings Hill Academy by former Sunderland skipper Kevin Ball this spring, has been given a good report following a monitoring visit by Ofsted inspectors.

In a bid to improve the school, Hastings Hill became part of the We Inspire Success and Excellence, Academies Trust (Wise), which also includes Bexhill Academy and Town End Academy.

Following their latest visit to the Tilbury Road school, inspectors said: “Standards are rising and the pace of improvement is quickening.

“The large majority of pupils are now making good progress. Long-standing underachievement is being tackled robustly with weaknesses in pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills being successfully addressed.

“Teachers are fully aware of the on-going learning needs of all pupils and they make suitable provision in each lesson for them.

“Children enter the nursery class with skills which are below those expected. Nonetheless, expectations of what they can achieve are high.” Inspectors said the effective use of pupil premium money is providing additional resources for those pupils eligible for free school meals, and is resulting in them making better progress in some year groups than other pupils.

The report said: “Carefully targeted support is helping lower ability pupils to successfully overcome difficulties in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching is predominantly good because of the actions taken by academy leaders and the manner in which teachers have set about making improvements to their work.”

Inspectors said pupils consistently behave well, show very positive attitudes, have a strong work ethic and attendance levels are rising.

They said: “The academy’s leadership has benefitted substantially from the support provided by the trust.

“The support provided by the trust has been central to the academy’s improvement.”