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Top marks for once-failing school

FAILING NO MORE ... St Wilfrids RC College headteacher Brendan Tapping with Year 7 pupils celebrating the schools outstanding Ofsted report.

FAILING NO MORE ... St Wilfrids RC College headteacher Brendan Tapping with Year 7 pupils celebrating the schools outstanding Ofsted report.

A SOUTH Tyneside school which was once marked as “failing” has been ranked as “outstanding” by an education watchdog.

St Wilfrid’s RC College has been given top marks in all areas in its latest report from Ofsted.

The school, in Temple Park Road, South Shields, has turned around dramatically since October 2010.

Headteacher Brendan Tapping said: “Being judged as outstanding in all categories of the inspection is recognition for the tremendous effort of students, staff, parents and governors.”

When St Wilfrid’s was judged as “inadequate” in 2010, executive headteacher Nick Hurn, who was appointed following the report, vowed to get the school “out of special measures in record time.”

Within 12 months of receiving the damning report, Ofsted re-labelled the school as good.

Mr Tapping, who began work with Mr Hurn in 2010, said it is “quite an achievement” for the school to receive the top rating only three years after being placed in special measures.

“We are thrilled and delighted,” he said.

“Twelve months is a short space of time, and to be judged as outstanding three years after being placed in that category is quite unbelievable. We have been on a journey and to have that outcome is recognition to everyone who has assisted with the school.

“Now we are looking to continue to move forward and improve.”

St Wilfrid’s was taken off the failing list in January 2012, and the turnaround was described as “stunning.”

Mr Tapping said this new improvement is “quite unbelievable.”

“It has been a lot of hard work from a lot of people to get the school to where it is now,” he said.

“It has been a team effort.”

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