Hartlepool secondary school wins praise from Ofsted

Pictured,  from left, are High Tunstall College Deputy Head Girl Annabelle Thomas, Head Boy Louis Nixon, Headteacher
 Mark Tilling, Head Girl Steffi Ellison and Deputy Head Boy Jonny Hyde.
Pictured, from left, are High Tunstall College Deputy Head Girl Annabelle Thomas, Head Boy Louis Nixon, Headteacher Mark Tilling, Head Girl Steffi Ellison and Deputy Head Boy Jonny Hyde.
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A Hartlepool secondary school is celebrating after being praised by education watchdogs.

Ofsted inspectors have rated High Tunstall College of Science as good in all areas following a recent inspection.

Headteacher Mark Tilling is delighted with High Tunstall College's 'good' rating from Ofsted.

Headteacher Mark Tilling is delighted with High Tunstall College's 'good' rating from Ofsted.

Lead inspector Tudor Griffiths said: “This is a good school.

“The headteacher, senior staff and governing body have a very clear and focused commitment to ensuring all pupils achieve well, and are safe, secure and supported across the college.

“Leaders at all levels are highly effective in driving forward developments that have led to the college’s ongoing improvement.

“These have had a direct impact on the quality of the pupils’ learning experience and have led to rapid improvements in teaching, pupil progress, behaviour and attendance.”

The goal now is to strive for further improvement, which I am confident we can achieve

Mark Tilling

The report also praised teaching at the school, saying: “Good teaching, learning and assessment are supporting pupils’ good outcomes.

“Pupils know what is expected of them and teachers have high expectations about pupil behaviour and the contribution they make to the lesson.

“They develop into confident and mature young people who have positive attitudes towards learning and who want to do well.”

The report said the behaviour of pupils is good, they are courteous, polite, take an interest in visitors and want to learn.

Inspectors said pupils’ progress has improved since the last inspection and also praised the curriculum.

They said: “The curriculum prepares pupils well for their future education and training and a good range of subjects are taught.

“The college has a very clear ethos and approach to developing pupils’ scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical skills.

“Pupils benefit from a wide choice of extra-curricular opportunities that include music, drama and sport, which help them to widen their horizons and build confidence in what they do.”

Delighted headteacher Mark Tilling said: “This is a very pleasing report which reflects the quality of education provided at High Tunstall.

“The overall effectiveness of the college has been judged to be good and I would like to thank students, staff, governors and parents for their continued commitment.

“The goal now is to strive for further improvement, which I am confident we can achieve.”

Councillor Alan Clark, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Children’s Services Committee, said: “To be judged good in all areas by Ofsted is a significant achievement.

“I would like to congratulate everyone associated with High Tunstall College of Science.”