STAFF and pupils at a South Tyneside school have been given top marks by Ofsted inspectors.
Bede Burn Primary in Dene Terrace, Jarrow, has been hailed as a ‘good’ school by the education watchdog, a grade higher than its previous satisfactory rating.
Pupils were found to have made good progress, with results in reading, writing and maths above the national average at the end of Year 6, despite children starting school with lower-than-average knowledge and skills.
Teaching was described as “consistently good and on occasion, outstanding”.
Headteacher Noreen Purvis said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the inspection.
“We know that Bede Burn is a good school, and the report confirms this.
“It reflects the hard work and dedication of all the staff and our governors, working in partnership with our outstanding pupils and parents.”
Eighteen lessons were observed by inspectors, who heard pupils read and looked closely at their workbooks.
Lead inspector Alan Sergison said: “Pupils behave very well in lessons and around the school.
“They have positive and sometimes exceptional attitudes to learning, and relish taking responsibility.
“They justifiably feel safe in school and are happy, as demonstrated by their above-average levels of attendance.”
Leadership and management of the school were judged to be good.
Mr Sergison added: “The governing body, headteacher and other leaders and managers have a very clear understanding of what the school does well, and what it needs to do to improve further.”