Ofsted inspectors give the thumbs up for primary school

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A DURHAM primary has been rated good with some outstanding features.

Ofsted inspectors said Belmont Cheveley Park Primary School has made big improvements since its previous inspection.

The watchdogs said the early years provision and the behaviour and safety of the pupils were both outstanding.

A report into the Scardale Way school, which was previously rated as needing improvement, said: “The headteacher and deputy headteacher have brought about improvement at a fast pace since the previous inspection.

“As a result, pupils are now making good and often better progress in both Key Stages 1 and 2.

“The governing body has a very clear understanding of data relating to the performance of pupils. Its members are good at supporting senior leaders as well as holding them to account.

“Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding both inside and outside the classroom.

“‘No one here is allowed to be lonely’ commented a pupil. This is indicative of the exceptionally caring attitudes pupils show to each other, staff and visitors to the school.”

The inspectors said pupils’ excellent attitudes to learning support their good progress and achievement in the classroom and teaching is nearly always good, with examples of outstanding practice.

To continue to improve, the school needs to raise achievement in reading and the quality of teaching and learning.