STANDARDS are on the rise at a South Tyneside school which has come out of special measures.
Park View School, which caters for students with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, has been described by Ofsted as a ‘good’ school, following a recent inspection.
The boost comes after it was rated as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in February 2012, and placed into ‘special measures’.
At the time, the school was known as The Galsworthy School, and based in Biddick Hall.
It moved into new purpose-built premises in January.
Since the last Ofsted report, the school has received regular monitoring visits, with the last two visits judging the school in Temple Park Road, South Shields, to be making good progress.
In the latest Ofsted report, published this week, inspector Eric Craven, praised the school, which has 45 pupils aged 11 to 16.
He commended the good behaviour of students and noted that their “rates of progress have accelerated and more now are making outstanding progress”.
During the school visit Mr Craven also observed lessons, describing them as “vibrant and purposeful, and the activities given to students are meaningful and relevant”.
He also reported that attendance has improved considerably since the last inspection.
Headteacher Angela Noble, who was appointed in September last year, said: “I’m thrilled that Ofsted has recognised that the school has made good progress since its last inspection report, when it was placed into special measures.
“This is fantastic news for the pupils, whose behaviour was impeccable during the inspection.
“We now plan to build on this good progress, raise standards even further and make the school the best it can be.”
Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families at South Tyneside Council, said: “We are delighted Park View has come out of special measures and has received such praise following its recent Ofsted inspection.
“The inspectors have acknowledged the quality of teaching, great leadership and the outstanding progress being made by students, who are eager to do well.
“To have it described in this way is wonderful.
“This is testament to the hard work and dedication of the headteacher, Mrs Noble, the governors, staff, parents and, of course, the students themselves.
“They have shown such enthusiasm and welcomed the council’s support in turning things around.
“Well done to them all.”
Noreen Fraser, chairwoman of governors at the school, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you for the continued commitment of all the staff and governors and to the local authority and parents for their support.
“Most of all I’d like to thank the students for all their hard work.”