School’s Ofsted report is a good read

TOP MARKS ... Ashley Primary School pupils celebrate their Ofsted report with headteacher Denise Todd.
TOP MARKS ... Ashley Primary School pupils celebrate their Ofsted report with headteacher Denise Todd.

GOVERNMENT inspectors found little not to like at one of South Tyneside’s largest primary schools.

Ashley Primary School in South Shields, which incorporates a nursery and child development centre, has 481 pupils in its ranks.

It achieved a “good” rating after the visit by a team from Ofsted, with its safeguarding measures to protect pupils deemed “outstanding”.

Inspectors observed 20 lessons by 18 teachers, talked to pupils at break and dinner times and took into account the views of 38 parents.

The report makes good reading with acknowledgment given that standards are rising in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 2. Pupils develop good speaking and listening skills because they have “many opportunities to practice them in class”, the report adds.

The quality of teaching is also good, with lessons sparking the “pupils’ curiosity so that they want to learn”.

The report says: “The headteacher is justifiably held in high regard by staff, pupils and governors alike.

“She is supported by an enthusiastic team of senior and middle managers.”

The school, in Temple Park Road, has not yet reached the top Ofsted grade of “outstanding” because, the reports states: “Sometimes work is not hard enough for the most able or it is too difficult for the least able”.

It is also noted that achievement in mathematics are not as strong as in English in Key Stage 2.

Headteacher Denise Todd said the aim now was to push forward to achieve an “outstanding” rating at the next inspection.

She said: “The recommendations for improvement are not something we were not aware of and we are actively putting them right.

“I want to thank the hard work of a dedicated team of staff and the children who wanted to show the school at its best – which they did.”

The report adds: “Pupils’ behaviour is good in lessons and around the school.

“They thrive in an atmosphere where adults are extremely positive and always put the needs of pupils first. As a result, parents say their children love coming to school. There have been no exclusions for a number of years.”

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