SCHOOLS across Hartlepool have performed well since a major overhaul of the inspection regime, a new report has revealed.
Seven out of 10 schools inspected since the new Ofsted inspection framework was introduced last September have seen their gradings increased.
Schools can no longer be graded satisfactory in an attempt by the Government to encourage all schools to become good or outstanding.
Under the new inspection regime, schools can be graded either outstanding (grade 1), good (grade 2), requires improvement (grade 3) or inadequate (grade 4), with schools graded inadequate inspected half-termly by Ofsted.
Sacred Heart RC Primary School saw the biggest jump from good to outstanding with the teaching and leadership praised, while Golden Flatts, St Helen’s and Owton Manor Primary Schools all went up from satisfactory to good.
Ward Jackson Primary School, Catcote School Business and Enterprise College and Greatham Primary School all maintained their good grading while St Aidan’s C of E Primary and St Hild’s went from satisfactory to requires improvement.
While the majority of schools saw their gradings increase, Seaton Carew Nursery saw its drop from outstanding to requires improvement with concerns about children’s achievement and teaching.
Jeff Cook, headteacher at Sacred Heart, said: “It is very pleasing to have Ofsted give us this grade.
“It confirms what we believe and that is that our children are very happy, safe and making good progress.
“It is also reward for the hardwork put in by the staff, the governors and also the children themselves in addition to the great support we receive from our parents.”
A report, discussed at a recent meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council’s cabinet committee, said: “Only one inspection (Seaton Carew Nursery) resulted in a lower judgement than in the previous inspection.
“St Aidan’s and St Hild’s both remained at Grade 3 and the local authority continues to work closely with all three of these schools to bring about rapid improvement in order to obtain a Grade 2 outcome when re-inspected in the next 12 to 18 months.”
The aim of the council is for every pupil in Hartlepool to attend a school judged by Ofsted to be good or outstanding by September 2015.
Amanda Baines, who took over as acting headteacher at Seaton Carew Nursery in September last year, said: “At the time of the Ofsted inspection I had, in partnership with the council and the nurseries governors, put in place an action plan to tackle the areas were improvement was needed and I am confident that those measures will have the desired impact.
“It is also worth noting that the Ofsted inspection rated both the leadership and management of the nursery and the behaviour and safety of the children as good.”