A NEW school in South Tyneside is “a shining star” after being judged top of the class by education inspectors.
Pupils and staff at Hebburn Lakes Primary School, in Campbell Park Road, Hebburn, are celebrating after being judged as “good” in the school’s first Ofsted report.
The report is a ringing endorsement of the hard work of pupils, parents, teachers and governors at the school, which was created after the closure of Bedewell and Lukes Lane primary schools in Hebburn.
Headteacher Tony Watson said the glowing Ofsted report is even more “remarkable,” considering the 410-pupil school only opened its doors just over a year ago.
Many new schools receive indifferent Ofsted reports, but Hebburn Lakes was only a few points short of “outstanding”.
Mr Watson said: “I feel the school is a shining star for the community of Hebburn, and every effort will be made to take it to the next level of ‘outstanding’ at every grade, when we have the evidence.” He said the positive report is the culmination of three years’ hard work, and that he took most satisfaction from the excellent teaching standards highlighted by Ofsted.
Mr Watson added: “However, the children are really the stars of this show.
“Parents and children tell us they value their new school very highly.
“High-quality teaching and impeccable behaviour are features of the school, and we keep our children safe in an ‘outstanding’ way, Ofsted tell us.”
Ofsted judged the overall effectiveness of the school as “good,” and the same applied to pupil achievement, quality of teaching, pupil behaviour and safety, plus leadership and management.
The Ofsted report states: “Teaching is good and many lessons are outstanding.
“Teachers plan work thoroughly, have high expectations of their pupils, and explain work clearly.
“Pupils’ behaviour is very good in lessons and in the playground.
“Their attitudes to learning are excellent.
“The school’s work to keep pupils safe is outstanding. Pupils show high levels of respect to adults and to each other, and say that they feel very safe in school.”
But Ofsted inspectors also called for higher pupil attainment in English and maths, and for improvement in the effectiveness of leadership and management when tracking pupils’ progress.