Pupils are celebrating after helping their school become the first in North Tyneside to gain a prestigious language award.
Valley Gardens Middle School in Whitley Bay is the first in the borough to be awarded the Primary Languages Award.
The school’s modern foreign languages department underwent a rigorous assessment process in order to gain the award at ‘Gold’ level.
Head of modern languages, Sarah Vickers, who only joined the school in September, was delighted with the achievement.
She said: “The department and students worked really hard to gain this award, so it is lovely to see their efforts rewarded.”
Headteacher Michael Homer said he was thrilled with the achievement.
“It is particularly nice to be the first school in the local authority to gain this award,” he said.
“An advantage for primary age youngsters in middle schools is that they benefit from specialist teaching in subjects like languages.”
The youngsters were able to get their hands on the award last week at a special presentation at the school, where a celebratory event also took place on the day.