Inspectors praise ‘dedicated’ teachers

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A PRIMARY school has been given the thumbs up by the education watchdog.

Newbottle Primary has been graded as good by Ofsted inspectors following a recent visit.

The Houghton Road school was dubbed good overall but inspectors said the behaviour and safety of children were outstanding, as well as the leadership and management.

In their report they said: “Pupils make good progress throughout the school because of the good quality of teaching that they receive.

“Children make an excellent start to their education in the nursery.”

By the time youngsters leave at the end of Key Stage 2, they have reached standards that are above the national average, particularly in mathematics.

Inspectors said: “The inspirational headteacher is ably supported by a skilled leadership team and an informed governing body.

“The staff team is equally dedicated to providing the best education and care for the pupils. The behaviour of the pupils is outstanding.

“They are very enthusiastic about their learning.

“They feel extremely safe because they know that the adults in the school care for them and help them if they have any problems. Pupils are happy to come to school and learn in this friendly and welcoming school.”

To improve, the school needs to accelerate pupils’ progress to outstanding by giving pupils more opportunities to work independently and be responsible for their own learning, and increase the proportion of teaching that is outstanding.