Troubled Sunderland school taken out of special measures

Lucy Whitfield and Alec McNaught, both seven, celebrate Ofsted news.
Lucy Whitfield and Alec McNaught, both seven, celebrate Ofsted news.
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A trouble-hit Sunderland school is now officially on the road to recovery.

Formerly a good school with outstanding features, Redby Academy was plunged into special measures in November 2013, when Ofsted inspectors deemed it inadequate.

We are delighted all the hard work has been recognised and that we are no longer in special measures.

Melanie Wright, head of school

The inspectors demanded urgent action be taken to improve the primary school, including better leadership, progress of children and quality of teaching.

A number of changes have happened at the school since then, including the former headteacher and two members of staff leaving, the chairman of governers stepping down and Redby joining forces with Monkwearmouth Academy, under the umbrella of Wearmouth Learning Trust.

Staff and students are now celebrating news that Ofsted has taken Redby Academy out of the special measures category.

In their latest report the inspectors recognised: “The highly-committed headteacher as having a clear vision for the academy, laying the foundations for sustained success and tackling all of the inadequate teaching.”

The behaviour and safety of pupils, as well as early years provision, were both recognised as good.

However, the academy continues to require improvement in monitoring of teaching and learning, the development of the wider curriculum and strengthening the role of governors.

Head of school Melanie Wight said: “Staff and pupils have been on an exciting educational journey which has been closely supported by our governors and parents.

“We are delighted all the hard work has been recognised and that we are no longer in special measures.

“Our foundations for moving forward are now strong and we are confident that our journey to ‘Good’ then ‘Outstanding’ will be a short one.”

Paul Gowans, chairman of governors, said: “The judgements made from this last inspection acknowledge and reflect the hard work and commitment by everyone at the academy.

“We will ensure that further, continual improvements are made.”