Hartlepool school praised as ‘outstanding’ by inspectors

St Peter's Primary School pupils James Corrigan and Charlotte Lawson lighting a candle at the school altar.
St Peter's Primary School pupils James Corrigan and Charlotte Lawson lighting a candle at the school altar.
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A VILLAGE primary school is celebrating after receiving a glowing report from religious inspectors.

St Peter’s Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School, in Elwick Village, Hartlepool, was recently scrutinized by the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools body (SIAMS).

The inspections are carried out in all church schools for the Diocese to judge their effectiveness as church schools.

And St Peter’s staff and pupils impressed the inspectors so much that the school was graded as good overall, with two outstanding judgements.

Headteacher Jo Heaton, who is also head of Hart Primary School, said she was delighted with the praise heaped on her school in the report.

She said: “This is a wonderful inspection report that shows St Peter’s Elwick as a vibrant, successful Church school.

“I am very proud of all of the staff, pupils and governors who have worked as a strong team to ensure the school is successful.”

The report states that “the school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners”.

And “the impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding”.

The inspectors found that the school was good in its effectiveness at being a Church of England School, the religious education in school was good, and the leadership and management of the school as a church school is good.

The report stated: “St Peter’s may be located in a small village on the edge of a disadvantaged town but it has an appetite that will not be limited by circumstance.”