Staff, students and parents at a Wallsend school are celebrating its ‘outstanding’ success after it was rated one of the best in the country.
Churchill Community College is one of only 11 per cent of secondary schools in the country to achieve the highest possible rating from Ofsted.
A team of four inspectors spent two days observing lessons, examining students’ books, speaking to students, reading parents’ views, interviewing Governors, staff, the local community and North Tyneside Council.
And they gave ‘outstanding’ ratings for achievement, teaching, behaviour and safety, leadership and management, and overall effectiveness.
Headteacher David Baldwin said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Churchill and something we have been working very hard towards in recent years.
“It confirms our work to ensure 100 per cent of students continue to achieve 5+ A* to C grades at GCSE and the outstanding progress our students make in English and Maths.
“Churchill is now achieving the national recognition we deserve. We are not complacent and see this as another step on our incredible journey.”
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This is a tremendous achievement for everyone at Churchill who have worked so hard to gain this fantastic Ofsted.
“I must thank David Baldwin and all his team who are dedicated to constantly improving the school, to the governors for their tireless work, to the parents who give so much support and of course to all the young people who are such a credit to their school and to North Tyneside.
“I’m very proud of you – you are all truly outstanding.”
Churchill has also been incredibly successful in winning two national teaching awards at Silver level in the Pearson national Teaching Awards and is the national final for the Gold Award categories:
• Most Outstanding Team in a Secondary School: Churchill’s Teaching and Learning Team;
• The Ted Wragg Lifetime Achievement Award in Education: Alan Strachan.
The final will be presented live on BBC1 in October.
Head of School, Elaine Riley said: “We are incredibly proud of our students and staff, their hard work and commitment to doing their absolute best.
“Only the best is good enough is our core belief at Churchill. We want our students to have the very best life chances possible.”