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Special schools celebrate Ofsted success

TOP MARKS ... pupils and staff from Keelmans Way and Bamburgh schools, join together to celebrate their positive Ofsted reports.

TOP MARKS ... pupils and staff from Keelmans Way and Bamburgh schools, join together to celebrate their positive Ofsted reports.

TWO special schools in South Tyneside are celebrating after receiving positive reports from Government education inspection teams.

Bamburgh School, in Norham Avenue, South Shields, and Keelman’s Way School, in Campbell Park Road, Hebburn, were both judged as “good” overall, with some outstanding features, after recent inspections by Ofsted.

Keelman’s Way School, which opened 18 months ago, was found to be “good” in all aspects of its work, with some “outstanding” qualities noted by inspectors.

Headteacher Paula Selby said: “All of those involved with the school were pleased with the outcome they had worked so hard to achieve.

“The inspection team was impressed by the calm and and co-operative way that children worked in class and how they enjoyed their social time around the school.”

Inspectors also noted that pupils’ behaviour is typically good and there are examples of outstanding behaviour, while relationships with staff are friendly, but firmly fixed on learning.

An Ofsted spokesman said: “The vast majority of pupils make good progress from their individual starting points. Some pupils make outstanding progress.”

Ofsted similarly praised standards at Bamburgh School, for “good” standards right across the academic spectrum.

Commenting on the school’s latest report, headteacher Peter Nord said: “Inspectors recognised that it is a good school, with some outstanding features.

“Their comments highlighted that teachers skilfully manage their classrooms, ensuring inclusion for all and that many pupils experience outstanding personal development on their journey through school.

“The report confirmed our own judgements that we have made significant improvements across all areas and are well positioned to move forward with confidence.

“As headteacher, I am very aware of the amount of hard work that has gone into developing the school; focusing on independence and progress, improving practice and working more collaboratively with schools across the region.”

Governing bodies at both schools were also commended by Ofsted.

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