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Throston school praised in Ofsted report

Throston Primary school headteacher Mark Atkinson with pupils (left to right)  Leon Willis, Tyler Vaughan, Sophie Whitehead and Rebecca Hetherington with a copy of their latest Ofsted report

Throston Primary school headteacher Mark Atkinson with pupils (left to right) Leon Willis, Tyler Vaughan, Sophie Whitehead and Rebecca Hetherington with a copy of their latest Ofsted report

PRIMARY school pupils and staff are celebrating after receiving a good Ofsted report.

Government inspectors visited Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk, Hartlepool, earlier this month and praised achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

Inspectors noted an “excellent relationship between teaching staff and pupils” and said children receive a good start to their education.

Headteacher Mark Atkinson said the report was what he expected and said staff were all “extremely pleased”.

The report said Mr Atkinson motivates staff and pupils to give their best and also praised the “drive, ambition and passion” of the school’s governing body.

It said: “The headteacher shares his clear, ambitious vision by leading through example.” It added: “This has produced good improvement since the last inspection.”

Inspectors said good quality of teaching was recognised by parents and said the majority of teaching observed was good.

The report said: “All the teachers are ambitious for each pupil to achieve their best.

“They demonstrate this by carefully monitoring how well pupils are learning during a lesson so that the level of support can be altered quickly.”

But it pointed out that for the school to receive an outstanding report teaching must be “consistently good or better”.

Mr Atkinson said: “Obviously we are really pleased. But outstanding is what we need to get and that is what we will work towards.

“We know the areas in which we need to improve and we will work hard together to achieve that.

“I would like to say a big well done to all of the children and staff.”

The behaviour of children was praised throughout the report.

Inspectors said: “Their behaviour is courteous and thoughtful, showing a real awareness for the need to care for each other and respect each other’s rights.”

The overall achievement of the pupils is also said to be good.

The report said: “Pupils’ attainment in reading is above average at the end of Year 2 and Year 6.

“A dip in Year 6 pupils’ writing attainment in 2011 has been rigorously addressed and the current Year 6 pupils are well on track to attain above average standards in this area.”

 
 
 

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