a SUCCESSFUL South Tyneside school has held on to its top rating from Ofsted in the midst of several major changes.
Harton Technology College in Lisle Road, South Shields, has been hailed “outstanding” across the board in its latest inspection report.
It comes just days after the school scored well in the annual league tables, and it’s the first inspection since the addition of its successful sixth form.
Since the previous inspection, the school has also gained Teaching School status and executive headteacher Ken Gibson, as a national leader of education, has been co-opted to work with two other schools in the region.
Mr Gibson said: “We are incredibly proud to have received further confirmation of the wonderful efforts of our students and staff. Under the new inspection regime introduced in September, it is even more difficult for schools to be judged as ‘outstanding’.
“To receive ‘outstanding’ in every single category is an incredible achievement and is the culmination of a marvellous team effort over many years.
“It is all the more impressive when you consider that the school has been through a massive three-year building programme under the Building Schools for the Future scheme, designed and opened an outstanding and thriving new sixth form, become a National Support School, been the lead educational partner with Jarrow School for three years and had the honour of becoming one of the very first National Teaching Schools in September 2011.
“We helped Jarrow School receive its fabulous Ofsted report at the end of October and are now supporting several other schools in the region, notably Academy 360 in Sunderland.”
Lead inspector Brian Blake praised the school’s teachers and leaders for their ability to help students reach their full potential.
Pupils were praised for their ‘consistently outstanding’ behaviour, their ‘exemplary’ attitude to learning and ‘exceptional progress’.
The school – one of the country’s few to hold triple specialist status –was first rated outstanding in 2006.