Praise for big
improvements

Headteacher Sue Sharpe pictured with pupils at Golden Flatts school.
Headteacher Sue Sharpe pictured with pupils at Golden Flatts school.

GOVERNMENT inspectors heaped praise on a Hartlepool primary school after impressive improvements.

Golden Flatts Primary School, in Seaton Lane, was judged to be ‘good’ in all areas following a recent visit from education watchdogs Ofsted.

It is a major improvement on the previous inspection in 2011 when Ofsted rated the school ‘satisfactory’ overall.

Inspectors praised its teaching, which is sometimes “outstanding”, pupils’ behaviour and leadership.

Lead inspector David Shearsmith said: “Pupils achieve well in this rapidly improving school.

“Standards are rising and teaching is continuing to improve due to the school’s commitment to ensuring every pupil does the very best that they can.

“Children get a really good start to their learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. They make good progress from a starting point that is well below what is typical for their age. This is due to good teaching that improves their language skills.

“Pupils continue to make good progress across the school. They leave the school in Year 6 with standards that are similar to what pupils achieve nationally, particularly in mathematics and reading.”

Headteacher Sue Sharpe came in for praise for her clear vision and strong leadership and is ably supported by the rest of her staff and governors.

The report added: “Together, they have successfully improved the quality of teaching and raised standards since the last inspection.

“Pupils’ behaviour is good as the school has worked hard to improve pupils’ attitudes to learning. They are polite and well-mannered and are a credit to their school.”

Pupils enjoy going to school and know how to stay safe, particularly when using the internet.

Mrs Sharpe said: “Everyone associated with the school is very proud with the result of our Ofsted inspection. The staff, children, parents and governors have worked extremely hard and I am delighted with the outcome.”

Dean Jackson, Hartlepool Council’s assistant director of performance and achievement, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Golden Flatts to go from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’ at a time when Ofsted have introduced a much tougher inspection framework.

“I applaud everyone involved at the school for such an impressive Ofsted report. It is a really outstanding achievement.”