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Sunderland school gets top marks

Top marks for Thorney Close Primary School after a glowing Ofsted report... headteacher Catherine Jones with pupils Alysha Staite, 10, Darren Hunter, 11, Chloe Ellison, 10 and Ryan Cummings, 10.

Top marks for Thorney Close Primary School after a glowing Ofsted report... headteacher Catherine Jones with pupils Alysha Staite, 10, Darren Hunter, 11, Chloe Ellison, 10 and Ryan Cummings, 10.

A WEARSIDE primary school is celebrating the new year after being given a glowing report by education inspectors.

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has rated Thorney Close Primary School as good with outstanding features following a recent visit.

The inspectors said the Torquay Road school was good overall and praised children’s achievements, teaching standards, pupil’s outstanding behaviour and the school’s leadership and management.

Headteacher Catherine Jones said she was delighted by the report, which rated the school as outstanding for pupil behaviour and safety.

She said: “It is really pleasing that the hard work of all staff, governors, pupils, and parents has been recognised by this report.

“We are especially pleased that the behaviour of our children and their attitudes to learning have earned such high praise and recognition.

“As a school that has always prided itself on a very strong caring ethos, I am delighted that this element of our school has been praised by the inspection team.”

The school caters for children aged between three and 11 and has specialist sensory provision for deaf and blind pupils, which was also highly praised.

Its commitment to equal opportunities was also rated as outstanding by the inspection team.

In their report, the Ofsted inspectors say: “Pupils’ outstanding behaviour makes this a very warm and welcoming school, where all are able to do their best.

“Staff morale is high and there is a clear commitment to achieve outstanding school status.”

They went on to say that aspects of English teaching were also notable strengths of the school.

 

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