Top rating for primary school

A party at Western Primary School in Wallsend to celebrate their Outstanding Ofsted report under the new tougher guidelines.  Layla Davidson playing musical statues.
A party at Western Primary School in Wallsend to celebrate their Outstanding Ofsted report under the new tougher guidelines. Layla Davidson playing musical statues.

PUPILS and staff held a special celebration event to mark the highest possible rating from inspectors.

Western Community Primary School has become the first in North Tyneside to be judged “outstanding” under the tougher Ofsted inspection framework.

The new guidelines came into force in January, with the school in Rutland Road, Wallsend, impressing inspectors during their visit at the end of February.

Students at the school joined in a party to celebrate.

Headteacher Claire Johnson said: “We are delighted with this outcome.

“The inspection process was rigorous and challenging, but we are extremely pleased that the Ofsted team recognised the outstanding teaching and curriculum provision in our school and the impact that it has had on our children.

“The report is an excellent endorsement of the hard work and commitment of pupils, staff, parents and governors and has given a huge boost to our whole community.”

During their visit, inspecors were impressed with all aspects of the school, attributing the school’s rapid improvement to “the motivational leadership of the head teacher” and the highly effective teaching.

All staff “inspire and motivate learners” with interesting and highly creative lessons in an “imaginative and engaging curriculum that promotes a fascination for learning”.

Pupils’ behaviour and safety was described as outstanding, with the report acknowledging pupils’ hard work, motivation and their enthusiasm to succeed.

Coun David Lilly, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “The Ofsted inspection process is challenging so I am delighted that Western Primary School has come through with flying colours under the new framework.

“The headteacher, governors, all staff, parents and children are truly working together to achieve outstanding results.”