School gets excellent report in inspection

Celebrating their Ofsted report, headteacher Jill Forster at Benton Dene Primary School with pupils Natasha Prescott, Joel Thomson, Nathan Sansom and Sophie Booth.
Celebrating their Ofsted report, headteacher Jill Forster at Benton Dene Primary School with pupils Natasha Prescott, Joel Thomson, Nathan Sansom and Sophie Booth.
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OFSTED inspectors have praised a Longbenton school as ‘outstanding’ as it ended its academic year on a high note.

|In their report, inspectors commented on the high standard of teaching at Benton Dene Primary School.

They described staff as “inspirational”, while they said the achievement gap between boys and girls was significantly smaller than the national average.

Children were praised for making outstanding progress in lessons, including mathematics, reading and science, while the writing standard of students was also said to be of a high quality.

They were also described as having “exceptionally positive attitudes to learning” and even learn to speak Spanish and Chinese, which inspectors described as heightening their awareness of cultural diversity.

Behaviour of the pupils at the school is also described as outstanding and as the school share a site with a special school, the pupils understanding of disability is described as being “significantly better than for pupils of their age”.

Headteacher Jill Forster said: “We’re delighted that inspectors have recognised the quality of the school and the hard work of all our staff, governors and pupils once again.

“We’re also extremely pleased that the report acknowledges the support we receive from parents and carers and the commitment we have to further development and improvement.

“It is a great tribute to our school and community.”