‘Inspirational’ teachers praised at outstanding Hartlepool school

St Bega's Primary School teaching assistant Caroline Skinner working with Sam Kocu as the school celebrates an outstanding Ofsted report.
St Bega's Primary School teaching assistant Caroline Skinner working with Sam Kocu as the school celebrates an outstanding Ofsted report.

A primary school wowed Government inspectors who said it was outstanding in all areas and branded the pupils “fully-committed” and the teachers “inspirational”.

St Bega’s Primary School, in Thorpe Street, on the Headland, Hartlepool, was delighted to be granted the highest possible Ofsted inspection rating after it was visited by the watchdogs last month.

St Bega's nursery and reception pupils and teachers celebrate its outstanding Ofsted report.

St Bega's nursery and reception pupils and teachers celebrate its outstanding Ofsted report.

Teachers and children at the school also have another reason to celebrate – they have also scored excellent SATS results which are a record for St Bega’s, with 100 per cent of the children achieving level 4+ in reading, maths and grammar, and 88 per cent achieving level 5+. Three of the super students were graded a level 6+.

Also 82 per cent of pupils got a level 5+ in reading, and 65 per cent got a level 5+ in maths, with two pupils achieving an impressive level 6+.

Headteacher Mike Cooney said: “I am truly delighted and proud of this report because of its recognition that the school is a great place to be for children and staff.

“This result is all about hard work and a sense that we are all in it together as we try to give our children the best possible start in life.”

He added: “The SATS results are just amazing as well, I am absolutely delighted.”

Chair of governors Patricia Carroll added: “The headteacher, the senior leadership team, all teaching and support staff and, of course, the children have all worked extremely hard over the past three years since our last “good” Ofsted inspection and I would like to congratulate them on their efforts.

“I would also like to thank the governing body of the school which has challenged and supported Mr Cooney and his senior leadership team in bringing about this fantastic result. I am so proud of this magnificent and well-deserved achievement.”

Father Nick Jennings, St Mary’s parish priest and a governor, added: “I am delighted for the school to be judged outstanding across the board. It takes a lot of hard work to achieve outstanding and everybody has been doing that hard work for a considerable period of time. Well done to everyone concerned.”

Inspectors visited the 165-pupil school on June 16 and 17 and found it to be outstanding in all areas – overall effectiveness, leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years’ provision.

The inspectors described the school as “very special” and said that its motto – Care, Courtesy, Concern – was evident in all aspects of school life.

In a glowing endorsement of the school’s strengths, Ofsted’s report said: “The quality of teaching is outstanding. Much is inspirational.”