Praise is heaped on caring school

St Bede's school headteacher Paul McKenna pictured with the Ofsted report and pupils (left to right) Dale Thompson, Lucy Gray, Curtis Wilkinson and Katie Johnson.
St Bede's school headteacher Paul McKenna pictured with the Ofsted report and pupils (left to right) Dale Thompson, Lucy Gray, Curtis Wilkinson and Katie Johnson.
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A SCHOOL has been championed for the care it shows its pupils.

St Bede’s, in Peterlee, has been rated good by Ofsted inspectors after their latest visits to the school.

As part of their checks, the report into its work concluded it offered “superb care, guidance and support,” with the work by outside agencies also praised for helping them make outstanding progress.

Communication with parents is also highlighted, as is the teaching.

However, it has said the standard of teaching varies between subjects, and has pushed for it to all meet the top level.

The inspectors have advised the school to give its pupils work which stretches all abilities.

It has advised that the good efforts which have improved the main school are also made in sixth form, so that all its students make good progress.

While the report also remarked on how, in some cases, the behaviour of children was outstanding, and bullying rare, a letter addressed directly to the students says they should take more responsibility for their behaviour – so fewer detentions are given out.

Headteacher Paul McKenna said: “This goes in all Catholic schools. The pastoral care is of a high quality and that’s clear when it says we care for our students.

“The other thing is that the pupils themselves felt extremely safe, and I think that’s a reason why they make such progress.”

He added the school was dedicating to improving the areas singled out by the inspectors.

The school is currently undergoing regeneration, as one of the last in County Durham to be granted cash under the Labour Government’s Building Schools for the Future scheme.

Those where work had progressed to a certain point, including Dene Community School, Shotton Hall, Easington Community Science College and Glendene in Easington Colliery, were allowed to move forward.

At St Bede’s, about 80 per cent of the buildings are being replaced with a new complex and the remainder remodelled.

The building work is being used as part of the engineering department’s studies, with safe viewing areas created for students.

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