A CLEADON school has drawn praise from inspectors for its art department.
Cleadon Village C of E Primary, in Boldon Lane, was given a “good” rating by Ofsted following an inspection in November.
The education watchdog’s visit was specifically to look at arts, crafts and design.
Headteacher Jane Beckett said: “We are all really pleased with the report.
“Staff and pupils have all worked extremely hard in the subject and it is something we value highly in the school.
“It’s nice to know that hard work has been recognised.”
Inspector Margaret Farrow gave the school a good rating for pupil’s achievements, quality of teaching, teachers’ leadership and their use of curriculum.
She said: “Children make good progress in their creative development because of good-quality teaching, tenacious assessment and the well-planned, wide range of opportunities provided.
“Children confidently express their thoughts and feelings about the colours of winter while they expertly mix their winter tones, or design ice collages in the snow.
“Pupils who have a particular talent in the subject are provided with additional experiences that successfully stretch them further.”
Ms Farrow went on to say that teachers are enthusiastic and plan lessons meticulously.
She added: “The subject is placed at the heart of the creative curriculum and this is helping to build pupils’ skills and abilities in the subject as well as developing their interest, confidence and self-esteem.
“Well-planned opportunities build pupils’ skills and knowledge progressively. Where topics do not easily support the subject, discrete opportunities are provided to ensure that pupils continue to make good progress.
“Pupils talk enthusiastically about the work of artists such as Modigliani, Picasso and Kandinsky and their influence on their own work.”
Ms Farrow said further improvements could be made by providing more opportunities for pupils to work collaboratively in three dimensions and more opportunities to sketch and work outdoors.