AN MP went back to school to congratulate staff and youngsters on their success.
The MP for Easington and District, Grahame Morris, paid a visit to Dene Community School in Peterlee to formally praise it for the recent Ofsted success as well as the good exam results from last year.
The Manor Way school went from requiring improvement in 2012 to being rated as good in all areas at the end of last year.
Mr Morris met with several staff members and lots of children during his time at the school, to see for himself the improvements that are being made, including visiting a Year 11 maths class, meeting England football star Danielle Brown and faced questions from the Investing in Children award winners.
The MP said: “The knowledge and awareness of the students regarding the changes that are happening in the world of education were truly amazing.
“They were up to speed with the exam system and their questions were challenging and thoughtful. I am also delighted to praise the head and his team on the recent Ofsted judgement. It’s great news.”
In their December 2014 report Ofsted inspectors said: “The school has improved rapidly because the new headteacher and senior team have very quickly raised the quality of teaching and the rates at which all groups of students’ progress.
“Students’ achievement is good. GCSE results were average in 2013 and improved considerably in 2014.”
They said the school has a very good atmosphere for learning and students are keen to do well and take a pride in their work.
They said: “An excellent level of support for students who fall behind expectations enables them to catch up and frequently exceed the challenging targets that the school sets for them.
“Teaching is good and ensures that students make good progress in a wide range of subjects.
“Students behave well. They say that there is very little poor conduct and that bullying of any type is relatively rare.”