Sunderland school ‘outstanding’ say inspectors

Pupils from every year at Grange Park Primary School in Sunderland celebrate the centre's outstanding Ofsted report
Pupils from every year at Grange Park Primary School in Sunderland celebrate the centre's outstanding Ofsted report
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TOP marks have been handed to hard-working children and teachers at a school which was once threatened with closure.

After a visit by Ofsted inspectors, Grange Park Primary School in Sunderland has been dubbed outstanding, providing pupils with an “excellent education”.

The Swan Street school, which is in one of the most deprived areas of Sunderland, was threatened with closure three years ago as part of the city’s scheme to tackle surplus places, which was later scrapped.

Now, staff, students and parents are celebrating the Ofsted inspection, which rated the school as outstanding in all areas, putting it among the top six per cent of primaries in the country.

Headteacher Pauline Wood said everyone involved with the school is delighted all the hard work has paid off.

She said: “Every child at Grange Park is a VIP and we are very proud to provide them with the highest possible quality of staffing, curriculum and resources.

“We have a vibrant ethos where no idea is off limits and this energy for learning is palpable in our school.

“Recognition as being outstanding by Ofsted is well-deserved by our children and staff.”

Inspectors noted that despite the significant majority of children entering Grange Park Primary at levels well below national expectations, students in Year 6 reach standards beyond the level expected for their age.

In their report the inspectors said: “This is an outstanding school.

“Pupils make excellent progress because they are extremely well cared for and the teaching and curriculum are outstanding.

“The relentless way in which the headteacher and senior leaders pursue excellence and improvement has an extremely positive impact on pupils’ outcomes while maintaining very high staff morale.”

They said children have an excellent start in the Early Years Foundation Stage and throughout the school attainment has improved year-on-year because pupils’ learning and progress is outstanding.

The report said: “High quality teaching, the rigorous tracking of pupils’ progress and the outstanding marking of pupils’ work ensure that all pupils make rapid strides in their learning.

“The rich curriculum, enhanced by excellent partnerships with outside providers, is used very effectively to motivate and inspire pupils to learn.”

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