Three schools wins praise from Ofsted

Hedworthfield Primary School delayed Ofsted through well performance. Head Jill Lockwood

Hedworthfield Primary School delayed Ofsted through well performance. Head Jill Lockwood

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THREE South Tyneside schools have been given the thumbs-up in a report on their progress.

Hedworthfield Primary in Jarrow, Ashley Primary in South Shields and St Aloysius RC Infants in Hebburn have each passed an interim Ofsted inspection.

As a result, they won’t receive another full inspection until at least next summer.

The schools were all judged to be good in their last inspections.

In a letter from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, each was told: “The school’s performance has been sustained and we can defer its next full inspection.

“I wish everyone involved in the school continued success in the future.”

The news comes on the back of a successful year for staff and pupils at Hedworthfield Primary, in Linkway.

It came second in the league tables in December, with 100 per cent of pupils achieving the national standard in English and maths.

Schools Minister David Laws acknowledged their achievements with a special letter stating the school was “one of the top performing primary schools”.

Headteacher Jill Lockwood said: “It has been a fantastic year for our school.

“The staff, governors and pupils have worked hard to raise standards. I can’t thank everyone enough for their dedication.

“I would also like to thank our parents and carers for their continued support.”

Schools are usually inspected on a three-year cycle, but those schools that have maintained standards in attainment, progress and attendance have had their inspections deferred for up to five years.

Denise Todd, headteacher of Ashley Primary, in Temple Park Road, said: “We were delighted to receive the letter.

“It shows that we have continued to work hard since they came in almost three years ago.”


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