‘We will do better’ – school chiefs’ pledge after Ofsted inspectors demand improvements

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EDUCATION chiefs have pledged to raise standards “as soon as possible”.

Boldon School, in New Road, Boldon Colliery, was given a “requires improvement” rating by education watchdog Ofsted with teaching and the achievement of pupils described as inconsistent, with particular weaknesses in English, maths and science.

But inspectors recognised the school is improving and is capable of improving further.

Headteacher Elizabeth Hayes said: “I am obviously disappointed with the outcome of the report given that all the staff and students work very hard to achieve the highest standards all the time.

“There are many excellent comments in the report and student behaviour was good. We are all working very hard to remedy the issues raised.”

Ofsted highlighted that the number of pupils leaving with five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, had fallen from a school record 64 per cent in 2011 to 44 per cent in 2012.

But Mrs Hayes said this was due to a national problem with English GCSE marking and grading. The number of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C overall has risen from 74 per cent in 2009 to 80 per cent in 2010, 92 per cent in 2011 and 94 per cent in 2012.