Pupils at a South Tyneside school are celebrating after a dramatic U-turn following a visit from Government inspectors.
A recent Ofsted inspection has rated St Aloysius Primary, in Argyle Street, Hebburn, as ‘outstanding’ in all five areas of the new framework.
That represents a vast improvement on an inspection in 2013 which placed the school in the ‘requires improvement’ category.
Headteacher Nick Conway said he is delighted by the news.
He added: “The inspectors were exceptionally impressed with our whole school community and fantastic learning environment.
“They were also very impressed by our exceptional children and the very high standard of work and also the outstanding quality of teaching they receive.
“We want to say thank you for the wonderful support we have received from South Tyneside local authority, the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and our parish community.
“We could not have achieved our transformation from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘outstanding’ without the loyal and generous support over the past few years from pupils, parents, staff, governors and our wider community.”
In 2013, inspectors found reading standards were not as high as they should be and the quality of teaching was not consistently good across the school.
But last month’s report found that the school had ‘improved at a rapid pace’.
It read: “The school is successful in striving for excellence. It offers a warm welcome and a content and secure environment.
“Staff at all levels have a keen eye on the progress and well-being of every pupil at school.”