School’s delight over Ofsted improvement

GOOD RESULT ... Stanhope Primary School pupils celebrate with headteacher John Vasey.

GOOD RESULT ... Stanhope Primary School pupils celebrate with headteacher John Vasey.

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STAFF and pupils at a South Tyneside school have proved how ‘good’ they are with a glowing report from education watchdogs.

Stanhope Primary School, South Shields, was visited by Ofsted inspectors last month, who produced a report which promoted the school from its previous ranking of ‘satisfactory’ to good.

The move has been welcomed by staff and pupils at the school, in Gresford Street, South Shields.

Headteacher John Vasey said: “The staff, pupils and parents are thrilled with the judgement and look forward to building on this over the coming years.

“We were pleased, particularly with the finding that the whole school is a happy community where pupils make good progress across their time at school in reading, writing and mathematics.”

During the visit, inspectors observed lessons and talked to pupils, staff and some parents.

Parents praised the school fotr good teacher-pupil relationships and highlighted “imaginative” teaching methods.

In the report, the school, which teaches 239 children aged between three and 11, was described as having pupils who were “friendly, confident and courteous to adults and other pupils”.

It added: “There is a calm atmosphere in the building and a sense of fun at break and lunch time.

“In lessons, pupils focus very well on the task in hand and most try their best to get on with their work and make progress. They show very positive attitudes to their learning and are excited to talk about lessons and their school.”

The report went on to praise the headteacher for his “strong leadership” and the “ambitious and high aspirations” he has for his staff and pupils.

It added: “Pupils are rightly very proud of their school. The environment is clean and tidy and classrooms well decorated.

“There is a good level of acceptance in the school community and pupils from other cultural backgrounds, of which many are Sikh, are fully integrated, and any differences are celebrated.”

Coun Joan Atkinson, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for children, young people and families, said: “This is a wonderful result for the school.

“The teaching staff, support workers, governing body and pupils should all take credit for this and deserve to be rightly proud of this.”

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