Pupils and staff celebrate after getting thumbs up from Ofsted

Shotton Hall Primary school headteacher Anita Boyd with pupils (back left to right) Fenton Ward, Eve Holmes and Matthew Thompson (front left to right) Kaitlyn Hildrew, Mia Huitson and Katie Perry. Picture by FRANK REID
Shotton Hall Primary school headteacher Anita Boyd with pupils (back left to right) Fenton Ward, Eve Holmes and Matthew Thompson (front left to right) Kaitlyn Hildrew, Mia Huitson and Katie Perry. Picture by FRANK REID
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Staff and students at a primary school are celebrating getting good marks from Ofsted.

Shotton Hall Primary School in Peterlee was delighted to get a good rating in all areas following a recent inspection from the education watchdogs.

The school has quickly turned a corner after being rated as requiring improvement in January 2014.

Headteacher, Anita Boyd, said: “We are all delighted with the outcome of the report and are very proud that we have achieved this in a relatively short space of time.

“It is a testament to the commitment of our whole school community who have worked relentlessly together to achieve this great outcome.”

Carole Barclay, chairman of governors at the Waveney Road school, added: “The governing body is extremely proud of every member of staff who agreed to draw a line under our turbulent past and move forward, at pace, to ensure better outcomes for our pupils.

“I am now more confident than ever that we can further build upon our “very secure good” outcome and begin our journey to outstanding.”

Following the latest visit, inspectors said: “The headteacher has inspired leaders, staff and governors to work together to create a positive culture in the school where every pupil is valued and supported to achieve their best. The school has improved well since the last inspection.”

Pupils of all abilities, including those with special needs, make good progress from starting points.