Double joy for bright sparks at South Tyneside school

Bright SparkZ at St Gregory's Primary School have been awarded a good Ofsted.
Tricia Fenwick with pupils and staff
Bright SparkZ at St Gregory's Primary School have been awarded a good Ofsted. Tricia Fenwick with pupils and staff
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Pupils and staff at a breakfast and after-school club in South Shields are having double celebrations after getting excellent marks in two major inspections.

Bright Sparkz, at St Gregory’s School in Harton House Road East, have recently been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors and this week got the top hygiene rating by environmental inspectors who checked their food standards.

Tricia Fenwick, who runs Bright Sparkz, said: “I’m so proud of my team – and, of course, the children we look after.

“The Ofsted inspectors came at the very beginning of term so the children were just getting over their summer holidays and new pupils to the school were finding their feet so it was quite stressful.

“However, thanks to my team and the very supportive parents who use our club, the inspectors were very impressed.

“I would like to thank all of the parents who came in to speak to the inspector and the children for the way they joined in all of the activities and their usual brilliant behaviour.

“This week it was the turn of the environmental inspectors and I’m pleased to say we got the top rating.”

Bright Sparkz provides wrap-around care for children whose parents are working or studying from 7.30am, before the school day starts, and runs from 3.30pm until 5.30pm each weekday.

It employs seven childcare staff and also caters for pupils aged four to 11 from nearby schools which don’t have their own provisions.

The club was launched by Tricia two years ago who has been a teaching assistant at St Gregory’s for the last 16 years.