School moves to top of the class after inspection

Pupils and staff celebrate the 'Outstanding' Ofsted report at Monkseaton High School.
Picture by Jane Coltman
Pupils and staff celebrate the 'Outstanding' Ofsted report at Monkseaton High School. Picture by Jane Coltman
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Staff and pupils at a school rated ‘requires improvement’ just two years ago are celebrating moving to the top of the class.

Monkseaton High School, in Seatonville Road, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors following a recent inspection.

And now the school is shouting from the roof-tops about its achievement – and putting it on its wall.

Headteacher Tracy Crowder said: “We’ll be creating a huge banner which we’ll be hanging inside the school with the word ‘OUTSTANDING’ on it.

“It has been such a great effort by staff and pupils to earn this classification and we want everyone to be reminded every day not only of how well they have done but how important it is we try to maintain the standards we’ve reached.”

Just over two years ago the school was graded ‘requires improvement’ by inspectors, by-passing being a ‘good school’ to secure the top rating, something very few schools in the country have ever achieved.

Mrs Crowder added: “I have always been proud to be headteacher of this school but never more so than the last few weeks.

“I’m bursting with pride.”

The school’s rise up the rankings has coincided with Tracy’s appointment as head in March 2013 and her efforts on behalf of Monkseaton were recognised by Ofsted inspectors who highlighted ‘excellent’ leadership and the ability to create a school where pupils and staff were able to ‘flourish’ and ‘excel’.

But the headteacher has pointed out that the award is really a reward for the massive group effort from both staff and pupils.

“It is testimony to the dedication, commitment and achievements of all of the staff, governors and young people – and the support we receive from parents and carers – that we have been judged to be outstanding this time around,” she said.

The school’s achievement was also hailed by North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn.

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.”

The Ofsted inspectors looked at five key areas in their visit to Monkseaton - achievement, teaching, behaviour, leadership and post-16 study programmes.

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 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.