School is on the up

New Penshaw Primay school's Headteacher, Joanne West with some of her pupils.
New Penshaw Primay school's Headteacher, Joanne West with some of her pupils.
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A SCHOOL is taking steps forward after inspectors gave it notice to improve.

New Penshaw Primary School was rated unsatisfactory after an inspection in October, but after a recent visit, Ofsted said things were changing for the better.

In her report about the Langdale Road school, the inspector said: “Having considered all the evidence, I am of the opinion that at this time, the school is making good progress in addressing the issues for improvement and in raising the pupils’ achievement.”

After the inspection last year the school was told that to improve it had to accelerate the rate of pupils’ progress; raise attainment and boost achievement in Years 1 to 6; improve the quality of teaching so that it is consistently at least good and ensure that the governing body plays a full part, including constantly challenging the school to bring about improvement.

After the monitoring visit, the inspector said: “Since the last inspection there have been some staffing changes. A new governor with educational experience has been appointed to the governing body as well as a new chairman and vice-chairman.

“As a result of successful strategies to improve the quality of teaching, learning and the curriculum, pupils are now making more rapid progress and areas of underachievement are being tackled.”

The inspector said the governing body is now much more aware of its role in supporting and holding the school to account.

Joanne West, headteacher at New Penshaw, said: “The staff, the governors and the parents have really supported the school and challenged the school to address all of the key issues.

“There has been good progress made and it’s our ambition to be a good school. That’s at the centre of everything we do.”