School praised by inspectors

Headteacher Sam Underwood celebrates a good Ofsted report with school governor Maureen Smith and pupils
Headteacher Sam Underwood celebrates a good Ofsted report with school governor Maureen Smith and pupils

YOUNGSTERS are celebrating after a team of Government inspectors praised their improving school.

Rossmere Primary School, in Hartlepool, was inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) last month as part of a national programme of inspections.

A report by lead inspector Gordon Potter said the Catcote Road school was satisfactory and moving in the right direction.

The report added: “Effectively supported and rigorously challenged by the governing body, the headteacher and deputy headteacher have initiated appropriate strategies that are improving teaching, the curriculum and marking. While leaders have a clear view of what needs to be done, the capacity to improve remains satisfactory as many key roles and responsibilities, along with skills in monitoring and analysis, are being developed.

“Highly successful strategies to improve provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage, have been introduced.

“The school has much clear information about pupils’ skills and abilities and it is increasingly well used to ensure that pupils know at what level they are working and have clear targets for improvement.”

The report also praised staff and pupils. It added: “Staff provide sensitive care and support, which ensures that pupils work and play well together, feel safe and have a good awareness of how to stay fit and healthy.

“Pupils care for one another well. They have respect for each other and for adults in the school.”

In a letter to pupils Mr Potter said: “Your teachers look after you well and your parents and carers like the school very much.”

School headteacher Sam Underwood, who is due to retire this week after a 36-year career in education, said: “Overall this is a pleasing report and demonstrates that the school is improving and moving in the right direction.”

Rossmere is one of the town’s largest primary schools with 325 pupils.