Inspectors praise Hartlepool school

St Peters CE primary School headteacher Jo Heaton with pupils (left to right) Charlotte Lawson, Lucia Huntington, James Ward, Matilda Tiplady and James Corrigan
St Peters CE primary School headteacher Jo Heaton with pupils (left to right) Charlotte Lawson, Lucia Huntington, James Ward, Matilda Tiplady and James Corrigan

A primary school has been judged as “good” after a visit from Government inspectors who also say that children joining the school get off to a flying start.

Ofsted visited St Peter’s C of E Primary School in Elwick for two days last month, as part of a national programme of school inspections.

In the report, lead inspector Clive Petts, says: “The resolute drive and vision of the headteacher, together with the high ambitions of an especially-strong governing body, have resulted in rapid school improvement since the previous inspection.

“Leaders and managers relentlessly build upon the school’s many strengths. Good and sometimes inspiring teaching enables pupils, including those with special educational needs and the disadvantaged, to achieve well or even better.

“Children make a rapid start in the nursery because they settle so well in the happy and friendly atmosphere.

“The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding.”

The school has 101 pupils and is federated with Hart Primary School and shares the same headteacher. Jo Heaton, headteacher of St Peter’s C of E Primary School, said: “‘I am very proud of everyone involved in the improvement of our school, and am pleased that the report bears testament to the hard work that has been going on at St Peter’s.

“For us, it is all about our wonderful pupils and we work tirelessly to ensure that they receive the best.”

Councillor Chris Simmons, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Children’s Services Committee, said: “This is an impressive report and everyone associated with the school can hold their head up high.”