School showing good improvements, says Inspector

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A school has been praised after pupils showed a pride in their work and willingness to learn.

In the latest report by Ofsted, Grasmere Academy in Killingworth was praised for its many strengths and ‘good capacity for further improvement’.

School leaders and governors are described as ‘passionate’ about pupils’ achievement and personal development which has led to many improvements, particularly in reading and writing.

The curriculum provides a wide range of subjects and a wealth of opportunities to visit places of interest such as Northumberland castles and a local car manufacturer.

The children enjoy these trips out and about as well as the excellent sporting opportunities that are available to them both during the day and after lessons.

Early years provision is also described as ‘good’ and the children are said to ‘make good progress because of good teaching’.

The nursery is well-organised and warm and welcoming and parents are highly involved in their children’s learning.

During his two day visit the inspector found the children to be ‘polite, courteous and welcoming’. They told him that they enjoy being in the academy, are proud of their work and are well looked after.

Grasmere Academy is described as ‘calm and welcoming’ and is well cared for and litter free. Attendance is improving and both parents and staff are ‘overwhelmingly confident’ that children are safe and happy there.

Since its last inspection just over a year ago when serious weaknesses were found, the academy now received good judgements in Leadership and Management, Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare and Early Years.

Headteacher, Kerry Lilico, has had support from the local authority, from the North Tyneside Learning Trust and local Teaching School Alliances.

Mrs Lilico said: “I am thrilled that so many aspects of our Academy have been recognised as Good, it reflects the hard work and dedication that our whole community has put in to make important improvements.

The staff and children are a credit to the school. Grasmere Academy is a fully inclusive and successful learning environment of which I am so proud to be Head Teacher of.”

Chair of Governors, Lynn Goossens, added: “Under the new Ofsted framework introduced in September 2015, it is refreshing to see that Ofsted has recognised the journey we have been on and all the good work that the Academy is doing especially in relation to our Leadership and Management, Special Educational Needs, Early Years Provision and Pupil Wellbeing.”