School shows improvements

DELIGHT ... headteacher Mary Lightfoot and pupils share their delight at news the school is improving.
DELIGHT ... headteacher Mary Lightfoot and pupils share their delight at news the school is improving.

A SCHOOL is showing signs of improvement after being given specialist support in the wake of a critical Ofsted report.

St Oswald’s RC Primary in Nash Avenue, Whiteleas, South Shields, was judged to require improvement when a full inspection was carried out in November last year.

Inspectors returned for the first monitoring visit last month and were pleased with the progress being made.

Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) Margaret Farrow said: “Senior leaders are resolute in their shared quest to improve the school so it is good or better when it is next inspected.

“Appropriate actions have been put in place to drive improvement quickly.

“For example, the school improvement plan has been adapted effectively to tackle the recommendations in the inspection report.”

Improvements in teaching and in the way teachers assess pupils’ work, track their progress and set targets were noted.

Headteacher Mary Lightfoot said: “I am delighted that the good progress we have made since our last Ofsted inspection has been recognised.

“The HMI acknowledged all that has been addressed in such a short time frame.

“I continue to value the tremendous commitment of the staff and pupils, the great support of the parents and the dedication of our governing body.

“We will continue to focus on Ofsted outcomes, as it is our aim to be recognised as a good school, because our school community deserves nothing less.”

The involvement of the local authority, diocese and governors in driving the school forward was acknowledged in the report.

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has secured a National Leader of Education to support the school’s improvement, and South Tyneside Council has accelerated support to the school and carried out its own monitoring visit.

Ms Farrow added: “The local authority support has been well targeted and effective.

“Accelerated support and challenge has been well-planned to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress in English and mathematics.”

Ofsted will continue to monitor the school until its next full inspection.

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