Pupils ‘happy and want to learn’ at school, find Ofsted inspectors

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EDUCATION inspectors found children at a County Durham school are happy and want to learn.

Ofsted inspectors rated Bullion Lane Primary School, Chester-le-Street, as good in all areas, including achievement, quality of teaching and leadership.

In their report, they said: “Pupils make good progress overall from their starting points, which are at least below, and often well below, those typical for their age.

“They achieve average standards by the time they leave Year 6.

“Teaching is good. Staff give clear explanations and use their understanding of pupils’ abilities to challenge pupils to progress well.

“Teachers have good relationships with pupils, who show respect and respond very well by being active and attentive learners.”

The inspectors said the school is extremely calm and supportive and nurtures pupils exceptionally well.

They said: “The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is of the highest quality. Pupils feel very safe in school. They are happy, behave well and want to learn.”

To improve further, the school needs to ensure that teaching is consistently good.