Tick of approval for Dame Dorothy School

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A SCHOOL has been given a good rating by Ofsted bosses.

Dame Dorothy Primary School, in Sunderland’s Dock Street, was given a good rating overall after a recent visit.

In a report inspectors said: “It is not yet outstanding because the curriculum, although good, is not fully developed to provide outstanding opportunities for learning. Poor attendance slows the progress of some pupils and teaching is good, rather than outstanding.

“Nevertheless, the school continues to improve.

“It is led very well by the headteacher, whose high expectations and relentless focus on improving teaching and learning are shared by governors and all staff.”

Inspectors said: “Teaching and learning are good. In the most effective lessons teachers ask very perceptive questions and pupils have many opportunities to assess their own and each other’s work.

“Pupils’ behaviour is typically good. They are polite and respectful to staff and to each other and kind to visitors.

“They, and their parents and carers, feel that the school is a safe place to be.”

To improve the school needs to boost the quality of teaching, raise attendance and develop the curriculum to give pupils more opportunities to use their skills.