Glowing praise for Rossmere Primary

The whole school turned out to celebrate when Rossmere Primary was given a good OFSTED report. Pictured, front, are head teacher Lynne Pawley (left) and chair of governors Maureen Smith.
The whole school turned out to celebrate when Rossmere Primary was given a good OFSTED report. Pictured, front, are head teacher Lynne Pawley (left) and chair of governors Maureen Smith.

INSPECTORS have praised a “good” primary school after a glowing report following a recent inspection.

Rossmere Primary School, in Hartlepool, was judged to be ‘good’ in all four categories after undergoing the new, tougher Ofsted inspection framework in May.

It is a major improvement for the school, which has 379 pupils, as it was rated satisfactory back in June 2011.

School staff say they are delighted with the outcome.

Headteacher Lynne Pawley said: “Clearly, Ofsted inspectors were very impressed with the children’s attitude towards learning, how hard they worked and how polite and well behaved they were.

“We are very proud of all the children in our school and are thrilled that the inspection team recognised the school’s achievements and the excellent progress it is making.”

Lead inspector Lesley Clark, said in the report: “This is a good school.

“In just over four terms, senior leaders have turned the school into a thriving, learning community where pupils achieve well.

“Attainment by the end of Year 6 is above average in writing and broadly average in reading and mathematics.”

Inspectors said teachers give clear instructions and pupils said the lessons are “practical and exciting”.

The report added: “Outstanding teaching is characterised by teachers’ excellent subject knowledge which enables them to challenge more-able pupils and set them off speedily on tasks which make them think.”

Inspectors were also impressed with the quality of provision and “rapid progress” the children make throughout the Foundation Stage.

The report added: “Early Years Foundation Stage provision provides outstanding learning experiences.

“Highly effective teaching methods are used in the Early Years Foundation Stage where purposeful questioning and thought-provoking activities help children to learn through discovery and high-quality investigations.”

It goes on to applaud the behaviour of children and says that they feel safe in school.

Ofsted did highlight three areas for improvement in order to make the school an ‘outstanding’ one including sharing the practice of outstanding teachers across the school, raising attainment further for the higher levels in maths in Key Stage 1 and streamlining school development planning.

Dean Jackson, assistant director of education at Hartlepool Council said: “This report demonstrates that Rossmere Primary School has made significant progress and I would like to congratulate everyone involved with the school for their efforts.”