More Hartlepool schools than ever are impressing Ofsted

St Bega's Nursery and Reception pupils and teachers celebrating an Outstanding Ofsted report. Picture by FRANK REID
St Bega's Nursery and Reception pupils and teachers celebrating an Outstanding Ofsted report. Picture by FRANK REID

More schools in Hartlepool are making the grade, according to the results of official inspections.

The proportion of schools being rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted has improved year on year.

There are more ups than downs so we are heading in the right direction

Mark Patton, Hartlepool Borough Council

In the 2012-13 school year, 76% of the town’s schools earned the positive gradings.

It rose to 79% the following year and even further to 84% for the 2014-15 academic year.

Councillors and officers on the Children’s Services Committee welcomed the improvements when they considered the latest round of inspections.

Mark Patton, Hartlepool Borough Council’s assistant director of education, said: “The proportion of outstanding schools in Hartlepool has increased substantially and is now two percentage points above the latest national figures; 22% in Hartlepool, 20% nationally.

“The proportion of Hartlepool schools judged to be good or better has increased and is now 84%, which is two percentage points above the latest national figure of 82%.”

Ofsted inspectors visited 12 Hartepool schools between September 2014 and July of this year.

Five improved on their last rating. They were Eldon Grove Academy, St Bega’s RC Primary and Springwell School, which all went from good to outstanding, and Grange Primary and St Peter’s Primary, which moved from requiring improvement to Good.

St Hild’s and St Aidan’s Primary stayed the same, requiring improvement, while Jesmond Gardens and Rift House primaries remained good.

St Cuthbert’s and Lynnfield primaries went from good previously to requiring improvement.

They and other schools requiring improvement are being supported by the local authority and Her Majesty’s Inspector and are expected to achieve good at their next full inspection.

The council wants every child in town to attend a good or outstanding school by the end of this academic year. Mr Patton added: “Generally, there are more ups than downs so we are heading in the right direction.”