STAFF and pupils at a South Tyneside school are celebrating ‘Good’ news from education inspectors.
Mortimer Community College was given a good rating after its latest visit by Ofsted officials, an improvement on the previous satisfactory rating.
Over two days, inspectors observed 41 lessons and monitored teachers and the behaviour of the school’s 843 students.
The report said: “Teaching is good and occasionally outstanding. Teachers are energetic and enthusiastic. Lessons are briskly- paced and contain a good variety of work.”
The report also praised the school’s leadership, and described the curriculum as “rich and varied”.
Headteacher Claire Mullane said: “I am over the moon with the outcome.
“I have always known that this is a good school, and it is only fitting that it has now been officially designated as good by Ofsted.
“This is a much-valued stepping stone on the journey to become outstanding in everything we do.
“The grading of Good is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students, staff, governors and parents. I can not thank them all enough.”
The college, in Reading Road, South Shields, is a specialist school for arts and sports.
Targets for the college to make further improvements include better GCSE results in maths and English, and achieving more A/A* grades.
The report also praised students’ behaviour and said incidents of bullying were rare.
Staff were also commended on efforts taken to raise attendance levels and punctuality among students.
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Inspectors carry out visits to places which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.