Sunderland school gets Ofsted upgrade

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A WEARSIDE secondary school is on the up, according to education watchdogs.

Monkwearmouth School was rated as satisfactory after its previous Ofsted report, and that has now been upgraded to good in all areas by inspectors.

In their latest report, they say: “The headteacher, ably supported by a determined team of leaders, has strengthened leadership and brought about improvements in the quality of teaching and students’ achievement.

“Plans to improve the school are focused closely on raising achievement, and the school is improving.

“Students’ achievement has been improving year on year and is good.

“The number of students gaining five good passes at GCSE, including English and mathematics, is well above the national average. Progress in English is outstanding.”

Inspectors say the behaviour and safety of the children at the Torver Crescent school is good, and strong relationships and high expectations contribute significantly to a positive culture.

They write: “Equal opportunities are well supported. There is a positive ethos and students are proud of their school.”

The inspectors also praised the school’s governors, saying: “Perceptive and knowledgeable governors effectively support and challenge the school’s performance.

“They have a very clear view of the strengths and weaknesses of the school.”

To improve further, the school is urged to increase the consistency of the quality of teaching so that all is good and more is outstanding.