School told it must bring in improvements

A Whitley Bay school has been told it needs to improve following a recent Ofsted inspection.

Marden Bridge Middle School was inspected at the beginning of the month and the Ofsted report said the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management all need improving.

Headteacher John Newport, who was only appointed in January, said: “Whilst we are disappointed with the overall outcome of the , we will use it to springboard to future success.

“Indeed, in July we expect our highest grades ever for written English from our Year 8 pupils, which shows the progress they have made over the four years at Marden Bridge.

“This will be above the national average.

“January, we have started an exciting science school for both pupils and parents to foster closer home/school links.

“I was proud that inspectors used words like impeccable to describe pupil behaviour as the pupils here take a great pride in their school. The governors and staff will be working with great focus this year to address and succeed with the challenges presented by the report.”

“We also have a very proactive teaching and learning group, where teachers are sharing good practice amongst each other to make sure that lessons are exciting, innovative and place the greatest emphasis on learning possible.”