Delight in top rating for school

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STAFF and students at a school are celebrating receiving the highest rating possible from inspectors.

Benton Dene School in Longbenton was given ‘outstanding’ grades in every area in its Ofsted inspection.

The judgement completes a year of successes for the school, in which it also secured an Artsmark Gold award and became one of only nine in the country to work as an Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Pathfinder.

The primary-age school – which shares a site in Hailsham Avenue with Benton Dene Primary School – caters for pupils with complex moderate learning difficulties and those on the autistic spectrum.

In the latest report, Ofsted officials praised areas including support, teaching, leadership, behaviour and the excellent progress pupils make.

They particularly noted the rapid progress pupils had made due to ‘impressive’ teaching, while the school had an excellent system for checking how well pupils are doing and ensuring that any who needs extra help gets it quickly.

Pupils’ behaviour was also commended, with inspectors noticing how well staff and pupils get on, as well as how courteous and considerate pupils are towards each other.

Headteacher Linda Turner said: “I am delighted that our school has been judged to be outstanding in all areas and to have had the highest possible overall judgement on three separate occasions.

“The report recognises the outstanding teaching and excellent progress made by our pupils.

“I am proud of the strong teamwork and relationships that underpin our success.

“The whole school community has rightly celebrated the report and we are now looking forward to continuing and extending our outstanding work.”