Hartlepool school is outstanding in every way

Julie Deville, executive head at Eldon Grove Academy, with pupils Mia Robertson, Jessica Yong, Olivia Fox, Ali Rasul, Harry Siddle and Isaac Organ.
Julie Deville, executive head at Eldon Grove Academy, with pupils Mia Robertson, Jessica Yong, Olivia Fox, Ali Rasul, Harry Siddle and Isaac Organ.

A HARTLEPOOL school has every reason to celebrate after it was rated outstanding in all areas by official inspectors.

Eldon Grove Academy has achieved the top rating in every area following the introduction of Ofsted’s new tougher standards a few years ago.

Julie Deville, executive head at Eldon Grove Academy in Hartlepool.

Julie Deville, executive head at Eldon Grove Academy in Hartlepool.

Ofsted visited the Eldon Grove school, which caters for 481 children aged from three to 11 earlier this month.

The inspectors judged it to be outstanding overall and in all five areas of leadership and management, pupil behaviour and, quality of teaching, pupil achievement and early years provision.

Lead Inspector Barbara Hudson, said in her report: “Pupils’ achievements are outstanding, academically, personally, physically and creatively.

“The excellent support and care provided by the staff helps pupils to become confident young people who are very eager to learn.”

Pupils’ achievements are outstanding, academically, personally, physically and creatively.

Lead Ofsted inspector Barbara Hudson

She added: “The senior leadership team, with the support of very effective staff and governors, work tirelessly to ensure that all pupils have equal opportunities and are given the best chance to succeed at school.

“This has resulted in a place where pupils feel very safe and are able to achieve exceptionally well.

“They are very well prepared for the next stage of their education.”

Ofsted said school leaders have a “relentless focus” on improvement adding: “They have created a highly effective team who work well together to ensure that all pupils have the best possible chance to succeed in school.”

The early years provision and quality of teaching was also applauded for being interesting and challenging and seeing pupils learn quickly.

By the end of Year 6, most are on track to achieve significantly better than most pupils nationally.

The school become an academy in July 2013.

The former Eldon Grove Primary School, was judged to be ‘good’ when last inspected by Ofsted.

Executive Headteacher Julie Deville said: “Our whole school community is delighted that Ofsted has judged us to be outstanding in all areas.

“This is a great testament to the academy’s continuous focus on ensuring our pupils access the best possible education.

“I am personally extremely proud to be the Executive Head of the academy and over a period of 10 years we have built a fantastic team and it is their professionalism and commitment that should be celebrated and applauded.

“I look forward to many more successful years ahead and the academy’s continuation of its exciting journey.”

Staff also pass on their expertise to other schools in town by working with them.

Gill Alexander, Hartlepool council’s Director of Child and Adult Services, added: “To be judged by Ofsted to be outstanding in every area is an exceptional achievement and is well deserved.”