Sunderland’s controversial free school is making improvements

Grindon Hall Christian School.
Grindon Hall Christian School.
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Sunderland’s only free school is continuing to move forward, say education bosses.

Grindon Hall Christian School was thrown into controversy late last year when it was placed in special measures by Ofsted chiefs.

However, after a monitoring visit, inspectors have said the school is now taking effective action towards the removal of special measures.

In November 2014, Ofsted chiefs said the school, in Nookside, needed to urgently improve the quality and impact of leaders, and that behaviour and safety of pupils and the sixth form provision were inadequate.

Parents were left outraged by the inspectors’ judgement that pupils were intolerant to different faiths and cultures and hundreds joined a support group backing their school.

However, following the third monitoring visit a couple of weeks ago, inspectors said: “The quality of teaching across the school continues to improve.

“Teachers are using the more detailed information about pupils that is now available to plan their work.

“There have been significant improvements in the quality of the learning environment.

“Pupils are well behaved. They move around the school carefully and show concern for the needs of others.

“They are polite and spoke confidently with inspectors about their work and their experience of school.”