Ten-year turnaround results in a top rating

Silverdale School at Howdon gets a Outstanding OFSTED report.'REF 1803145255
Silverdale School at Howdon gets a Outstanding OFSTED report.'REF 1803145255

Students, staff and parents at a Wallsend school are celebrating after it earned the top rating from inspectors – ten years after being placed in special measures.

Ofsted inspectors were so impressed with Silverdale School in Howdon that they awarded it an ‘outstanding’ rating.

The school caters for youngsters with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Lead inspector Michele Chricton found that “the behaviour of pupils is outstanding”, and that “the school has a very strong commitment to developing the social and behavioural needs of every pupil”.

Pupils were also recognised as being “polite, courteous and respectful” during the two-day inspection.

Inspectors also found the pupils’ achievements overall is good, with some making outstanding progress and leaving with up to 11 GCSEs.

Ten years ago the school was placed in special measures due to its poor performance, with the latest inspection recognising North Tyneside Council’s “tremendous confidence in the leadership team and staff”.

Linda Smith, a parent governor and carer of a Year 5 child at Silverdale, said: “The staff do an absolutely amazing job so I am delighted to see that all their hard work has been recognised.

“As a parent, I honestly feel the school does some remarkable work in turning lives around.”

Headteacher Peter Gannon said: “The staff and students thoroughly deserve such a fantastic report.

“Everyday the work they do makes a real difference and turns lives around.”