Mayor hails Monkseaton High as school comes top of the class

Mayor Norma Redfearn
Mayor Norma Redfearn

Monkseaton High School’s meteoric rise to the point where it is judged among the ‘outstanding’ schools in the country has been hailed by North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn.

Ofsted inspectors, who have just awarded Monkseaton its elite status, highlighted the fact that the development of young people at Monkseaton is now 'significantly better than that seen nationally'.

And that verdict left North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn beaming with satisfaction. She said: "I am very proud of everyone at Monkseaton High School – the headteacher, Tracy Crowder; the staff; governors; the parents and of course, the wonderful young people. The school has put the success and wellbeing of its pupils at the heart of everything it does, and the report reflects the fact that the school has worked extremely hard to improve over the last couple of years. I’d like to say a huge well done."

Ofsted gives only four gradings to the schools it inspects - outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate - and it is very rare that any school jumps two levels between inspections.

Monkseaton High achieved that feat though, leaping from 'requires improvement' in 2013 to 'outstanding' in 2016 and that improvement was duly recognised by the official inspectors who went on in their nine-page report to heap praise on the staff, pupils and governors of the school.

The report’s highlights included: Pupils made substantial and sustained progress across different subjects and year groups; Disadvantaged pupils, special educational needs pupils and pupils with disability make outstanding progress; Leadership and management were outstanding with strong core values universally shared across the staff; The quality of teaching, learning and assessment was outstanding with small class sizes ensuring pupils received a high degree of personal attention and feedback on how to improve; Pupils’ behaviour was excellent. They took personal responsibility for their actions. They took part enthusiastically in lessons and showed respect and tolerance for one another; The climate around the school was very calm and supportive and the school’s work to keep pupils safe was excellent.

Pupils were also commended for how 'polite and respectful' they are of one another, and of the staff.

Teachers too though drew praise and particular mention was made of all staff knowing every pupil well - an approach which improved the chance of students achieving their full potential.

Headteacher Tracy Crowder said: "I couldn't be prouder of what has been achieved by everyone at Monkseaton High School working together for the last few years to improve."