Sunderland school ‘satisfactory’, say inspectors

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EDUCATION watchdogs have marked a Sunderland school as satisfactory.

Ofsted inspectors who visited Gillas Lane Primary School said the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership were satisfactory, and pupil behaviour was good.

A report on the Seaton Avenue primary said: “Gillas Lane is a satisfactory school.

“It is not yet good because teaching quality varies across the school and pupils do not consistently make good progress across all years and groups.

“It is improving after a period of staffing instability.

“More rigorous tracking of pupils’ progress is raising attainment.

“Achievement is satisfactory. From starting points which are mostly below that typically expected for their age, overall progress is satisfactory, including in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

“Progress varies between classes and subjects, being slightly stronger in mathematics.

“Nonetheless, there is noticeable improvement in all subjects because of staff development and higher expectations of what pupils can achieve, especially in reading and writing.”

The inspectors added: “Although improvement is not yet fully embedded, especially for boys in English, attainment is rising and is broadly average by Year 6 in English and mathematics.”