School’s delight at outstanding rating

Amberley Primary School at Killingworth rated outstanding by Ofsted-pupils seen at play.
Amberley Primary School at Killingworth rated outstanding by Ofsted-pupils seen at play.

STAFF and pupils at a primary school are celebrating after being given a top rating by inspectors.

Amberley Primary School, in Killingworth, has been awarded the top ‘outstanding’ grade for overall effectiveness in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Officials who visited the school found excellent care, an innovative curriculum, well-behaved pupils who enjoy school, positive staff and high levels of achievement.

Inspectors said good teaching at the school means pupils make very good progress and achieve exceptionally well by the end of Key Stage 2.

Very good relationships in school promote a strong sense of community, helping pupils enjoy school.

They also noted that pupils behave very well in lessons, making a significant contribution to their learning.

And there was particular praise for the ‘Amberley Angels’ playground buddying scheme, which sees Year Six pupils befriend and support younger pupils during break times, ensuring they are well cared for and supported.

In an open letter to pupils, the inspectors wrote that the Angels do ‘an excellent job’ when caring for younger pupils, and reported that the scheme has made a ‘significant contribution’ to pupils’ wellbeing and feelings of safety.

Inspectors also said the youngsters had an extremely good understanding of a healthy lifestyle and had grown their own fruit and vegetables while promoted recycling.

Officials also recognised that pupils show a high level of responsibility in the many contributions they make to the school and wider community, as well as through their extensive international links.

Activities for pupils during the day and outside school were also noted as contributing to their enjoyment of learning, aspirations for the future, and promoting their talents.

The school’s very strong links with parents and carers were also praised, with parents making very positive comments about various aspects of provision.

Headteacher Alice Barkes said: “We’re very proud that the school has achieved this outstanding rating from Ofsted, which is a result of the great support we have from parents, governors and pupils.

“To get this outstanding outcome we have all worked very hard together.”