A SECONDARY school is on top form after receiving its second glowing Government report in a row.
The Academy at Shotton Hall, in Peterlee, has joined an exclusive group of schools after being awarded a second “outstanding” grade from school watchdog Ofsted.
The double award has been achieved by very few secondary schools in England and is testament to the excellent and sustained achievements of the school over the past three years.
The inspectors highlighted many areas where the Academy, in Waveney Road, was delivering standards of education that shone out as exemplary and which produced results that were significantly above national averages.
The report states “teachers are extremely knowledgeable and their passion for the subjects they teach shines through in their lessons. Consequently, students are absorbed in their learning and achievement is of the highest order”.
The Academy, which was rebuilt in 2011, has seen exam results improve since its first outstanding grade in January 2010. Students also excel in sports and performing arts.
Principal Lesley Powell said: “Each and every member of staff is delighted with the judgment which they have put their hearts and souls into achieving. It confirms what we already knew - that we are doing the very best for the children of East Durham, and that we are doing it better and better with each year that passes.”
Chairman of the school’s governors Roy Simpson said: “Words alone cannot begin to explain the immense feeling of pride I have for our outstanding school. Receiving a second outstanding accolade does not just happen and I applaud our principal and staff for all their hard work, dedication, commitment and planning.”