STAFF and pupils are celebrating after their school received a glowing report from Government watchdogs after a recent inspection.
Wingate Infant School has just received an “outstanding” Ofsted report – its second in a row after its last report five years ago.
The 144-pupil school received the top “outstanding” grade in areas including pupils’ achievement, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.
School headteacher Marie-Louise Binks said: “It’s all down to a fabulous team which includes everybody, including our parents, everybody who has helped us to get outstanding.
“We couldn’t have done it on our own.”
She put it down to the school’s excellent partnership – working with 27 other schools across the East Durham area.
And Mrs Binks gave a special mention to the school’s reception children, who had only been in school for 11 days when inspectors visited, but were commended for the way they had settled and for their behaviour while the inspectors were carrying out checks.
In the report, the Ofsted lead inspector wrote: “A high percentage of teaching is outstanding and it is never less than good.
“This ensures that pupils are constantly challenged, enabling all to excel in their learning.
“Pupils take a great pride in their work and in their school.
“They have very positive attitudes to learning and always strive to do their best.
“Their high levels of engagement in activities illustrate this well.”
The report also praises Mrs Binks’ “inspirational leadership” and her ability to “successfully drive continuous improvement, to which all school leaders, including governors, are fully committed.
“This has ensured that the school has consistently sustained high levels of performance since the last inspection.”