TEACHERS have been praised for giving every child the chance to succeed at a busy South Tyneside school.
St Mary’s RC Primary, in Ayr Drive, Jarrow, has been rated good by Ofsted, with the behaviour and safety of pupils ranked outstanding.
Lead inspector Frank Cain said no time is wasted in encouraging children to learn and older pupils make progress at a rate which is often better than found nationally.
He said: “All pupils have the opportunity to do well in the school because of the school’s strong commitment to ensuring everyone has an equal chance to succeed.”
Teachers have very high expectations of pupils, he added, and lessons are “consistently good” because learning takes place at a brisk pace”.
The good relationships between teachers and their pupils is a very strong feature of the school, he added, along with the social, moral and spiritual development of pupils.
Links with parents are also good, he said.
Headteacher Maria Elliott said staff were thrilled with the report, but the “ultimate praise” needs to go to the children.
She said: “Since our last inspection we have worked very hard to address the areas for action highlighted in our last Ofsted in 2009.
“The main focus was to improve our nursery provision. We were delighted that Ofsted recognised that Foundation Stage (nursery and reception) were a strength of the school.
“The staff are continuously dedicated to ensuring the children of St Mary’s RC Primary School get the best start on their education journey.”