South Tyneside schools named among the best

Outstanding ofsted for the second time at Boldon Nursery. Head teacher Sue Stokoe (middle)
Outstanding ofsted for the second time at Boldon Nursery. Head teacher Sue Stokoe (middle)

Figures released by education bosses have put South Tyneside in the top 25 authorities for good schools.

The annual Ofsted Report 2014/15 put the borough in 22nd place for the percentage of both primary and secondary pupils in a good or outstanding school.

Based on the latest inspection reports, Boldon Nursery School is the latest to be rated outstanding.

In South Tyneside the figures show that although there is a slight drop of 1%, a total of 92% of primary aged pupils are in good or outstanding schools. A rise of 1% puts 92% of secondary aged students are in good or outstanding schools.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said the slight drop in the percentage of pupils in good or outstanding schools can be explained by the fact that one new school, St Aloysius Juniors, was inspected for the first time and initially rated as requires improvement.

However, since the figures were compiled the school had since been revisited by Ofsted and is now classed as outstanding.

He said this means more than 93% of young people in South Tyneside are in good or outstanding primary and secondary schools. This means that South Tyneside is currently the highest in the North East for the percentage of pupils in good or better primary and secondary schools together.

The spokesman said: “Our school leaders work incredibly hard to build on the talents of their staff to provide their pupils with a high quality experience.

“Taking into account the most up to date figures, South Tyneside is in 11th place in the country for the proportion of good or outstanding schools out of 163 in the country.

“This is very positive news but we are not complacent and remain committed to raising standards still further to make sure every single child in the borough can attend a good or outstanding school.”

He added 100% of children go to good or outstanding special schools and nurseries.