South Shields school celebrates good report from education inspectors

Pupils from Biddick Infant School and Nursery celebrate the school's Ofsted Report.
Pupils from Biddick Infant School and Nursery celebrate the school's Ofsted Report.

A headteacher has praised her school’s community after starting the new term with a good report from education inspectors.

Biddick Hall Nursery and Infants’ School, in Galsworthy Road, South Shields, was judged to have a “steely dermination to secure the best possible outcomes for each and every pupil in terms of their well-being and academic achievement”.

Pupils from Biddick Hall School and Nursery celebrate the school's Osfted report with headteacher Andrea Willis.

Pupils from Biddick Hall School and Nursery celebrate the school's Osfted report with headteacher Andrea Willis.

In a letter summarising the Ofsted findings, lead inspector Fiona Manual told headteacher Andrea Willis: “Pupils make very good progress in their pesonal, social and emotional development.

“You have also ensured that pupils’ basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics develop apace.

“Pupils are polite, confident and very cheerful.

“They feel well loooked after in an environment that you have made inclusive and welcoming. Their behaviour is good and their attitudes to learning are excellent.”

Biddick Hall was classed in the short inspection as good, the second highest of four categories, with the rating matching the verdict of its last Ofsted report in 2013.

While the one-day visit took place in July, the school has had to wait until the start of the September term for the new findings to be released.

The letter to the school concluded that “teaching and learning are good” and that “staff feel proud to be a part of your team”.

Safeguarding arrangements were described as “robust” with the premises “secure and kept in very good condition”.

In terms of behaviour, the inspector wrote: “Pupils understand the need for rules, what these entail and, on those rare occasions of misbehaviour, the consequences.

“As a result, pupils behave in a friendly and respectful manner around this calm, welcoming environment.”

The proportion of pupils regularly absent has also fallen over the last 12 months from 13.7 per cent to 9.4 per cent with a new member of staff having since joined the school to help reduce the figure further.

Other targets for the future include increased opportunities for children to read regularly with adults in school.

Mrs Willis became head of Biddick Hall, which has 242 pupils, just over a year ago.

She said: “I think it is fantastic for whole school community to have earned such a wonderful report.

“It is a great achievement and I am so proud of the staff, pupils, governors and families for all their hard work and support.

“We look forward to exciting times ahead in the next stage of our journey.”