Sunderland primary schools are top class - but secondaries could do better

Students at Oxclose Nursery School celebrate being outstanding.
Students at Oxclose Nursery School celebrate being outstanding.
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The latest reports by education bosses show there is a significant difference between primary and secondary education on Wearside.

Ofsted’s Annual Report 2014/15 shows Sunderland is following the regional trend of primary schools being better overall than secondary schools.

The statistics, using the latest school inspection reports, show 89% of Sunderland primary pupils are attending a good or outstanding school, which is an increase of 2% and puts the authority at number 45 in the country.

However, there was a drop of 1% of the number of secondary pupils attending a good or outstanding school, taking the figure to 71% and ranking the authority in 108th place.

Councillor Pat Smith, Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “Schools across the country are facing increasing challenges and the annual Ofsted report provides a useful performance benchmark.

“What this report demonstrates is that despite these increased, national challenges nine-out-of-10 primary pupils in Sunderland are at a schools ranked as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ while at secondary stage the figure remains at seven-out-of-10.

“We will continue to work closely in partnership with schools, pupils and parents to ensure that children in Sunderland enjoy a high standard of education and are supported to achieve their potential.”

Nick Hudson, Ofsted North East director, said: “Secondary schools are worryingly poor across the whole of the region. Too many of the region’s children attend schools that are less than good.”