Sunderland school celebrates good Ofsted report

St Leonard's RC Primary School headteacher Bernie Doherty joins year 3 pupils to celebrate the schools good Ofsted result.
St Leonard's RC Primary School headteacher Bernie Doherty joins year 3 pupils to celebrate the schools good Ofsted result.
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Staff and students at a Wearside primary school are celebrating being given the thumbs-up from education watchdogs.

Two years ago Ofsted said St Leonard’s RC Primary School required improvement. Now, those involved with the Silksworth school are delighted it has been rated as good in all areas.

We will continue to work in a way that will see the school flourish.

Bernie Doherty

Bernie Doherty, headteacher at the Tunstall Village Road primary, said: “The school community is very proud of its achievement and we are delighted with the report. We have worked tirelessly to ensure that our school grows and develops in such a way that the outcomes for pupils are good.

“The report is testament to the whole school community, the dedicated and committed staff, governors and parents who work collaboratively to support the children.

“The staff have responded to the challenge of embracing new teaching strategies, developing a creative curriculum and focusing on a positive-growth mindset, believing every child can achieve and shine.

“As staff we are determined that progress to outstanding is our ultimate goal. We will continue to work in a way that will see the school flourish.

“Each week in assembly we say ‘good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best’. This is exactly what we will continue to do.”

After their latest visit to St Leonard’s, inspectors said: “The determined and enthusiastic leadership of the headteacher, ably supported by the skillful deputy headteacher, has ensured that an uncompromising drive to improve pervades every area of school life.

“Recent and continuing actions have ensured that the quality of teaching and assessment has improved, accelerating the progress pupils make in their learning.

“The school has significantly improved since the last inspection.

“Outcomes for pupils are now good. Pupils clearly enjoy their work, tackling learning with enthusiasm and a sense of fun. Current pupils’ progress is consistently good and improving across all year groups in school.”

Inspectors went on to say: “The behaviour of pupils is good.

“They are exceptionally polite, have good manners and display positive attitudes when working in class.”