South Tyneside primary school gets thumbs-up from Ofsted inspectors

Martin Clephane headteacer at St James' RC Primary School in Hebburn.
Martin Clephane headteacer at St James' RC Primary School in Hebburn.
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A South Tyneside primary schoool has been given the seal of approval from Ofsted inspectors.

Education watchdogs visited St James’ RC Primary School in Hebburn and said it is still performing well.

There is a tangible atmosphere of care and consideration for one another

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The inspectors rated the school as good and praised the quality of teaching.

In a letter to headteacher, Martin Clephane, inspectors said the leadership team had improved on the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection in 2012.

They said: “You acted swiftly to address the areas for improvement from the last inspection and have continued to refine and develop the curriculum so that it provides pupils with many memorable and exciting experiences.

“Despite some turbulence in staffing, you have improved the quality of teaching, learning and assessment by providing very well-focused training.

“Teachers hold high standards and most are skilled at stimulating pupils’ curiosity and creativity. Lessons are purposeful and productive and pupils are eager to participate and share their ideas.

“There is a tangible atmosphere of care and consideration for one another.”

Inspectors said pupils feel safe and comfortable to contribute during lessons, in assemblies and at social times and are extremely well behaved, polite and welcoming to visitors.

They added: “Your passionate commitment to addressing inequality and tackling disadvantage is clearly evident in the strength of provision for pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural

development.”

Outcomes in the school have improved since the last inspection with the proportion of children attaining a good level of development by the end of reception class rising each year.

Strong progress in Key Stage 1 has ensured levels of attainment have been above the national average by the end of Year 2.

Inspectors said: “All pupils are well prepared for the next phase of their education.”

They said all teachers ensure that pupils work hard in lessons and take real care with the presentation of their work.

And they added: “Most parents that responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire were full of praise for the care and consideration that teachers show.”