Delight at top rating from Ofsted inspectors

Staff and pupils are celebrating after receiving the top rating from inspectors.

St Mary’s RC Primary School, in Cullercoats, has achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating by Ofsted.

I’m delighted that Ofsted recognise that our school is Outstanding

Headteacher Colette Bland

In their report, inspectors recognised pupils achieved exceptionally well, leadership and management is highly effective and the quality of teaching is outstanding.

They were very impressed by the children’s excellent behaviour at all times, both in and out of class. The children are ‘very happy and display really positive attitudes to their learning’. They are ‘proud to be members of their welcoming school community’ and are eager to come to school, arrive on time, and feel safe both in school, and when on trips or visits.

Teaching was found to be outstanding and never less than good. Lessons are carefully planned to meet the different needs of all groups of pupils.

Headteacher Colette Bland said: “It’s a joy and a privilege to be the headteacher where we are blessed with dedicated, hard working staff, enthusiastic, well motivated children and loyal supportive parents.

“It’s the combination of all these elements that makes our school a special place.”

“I’m delighted that Ofsted recognise that our school is Outstanding.”

Chair of Governors Caroline McLean added: “Governors are delighted with the Ofsted report.

“We are especially pleased with the recognition given to the strong leadership provided by our headteacher, Mrs Bland, and the commitment and quality of teaching provided by all the staff.

“We know how hard they work and how dedicated they are to providing high quality education for St Mary’s pupils in a happy and supportive environment.

“We wish to thank our parents for their ongoing support, and congratulate our pupils for their outstanding behaviour; they are an absolute credit to their school and families.”