A HARTLEPOOL school is celebrating after being rated as outstanding.
Springwell School, which educates some of the town’s most vulnerable youngsters, received a glowing report after being visited by Ofsted inspectors last month.
The school, in Wiltshire Way, is only the second in Hartlepool to be rated as outstanding in all areas under the new, tougher framework.
Headteacher Karl Telfer said: “Everyone associated with the school understands the challenges that we face and to be judged outstanding by Ofsted in every area is testament to the fantastic commitment from staff, pupils, parents and governors.”
In her report, Lead Inspector Maureen Coleman said: “Outstanding leadership and management have led to outstanding teaching and achievement across the whole school.
“From their low starting points, pupils make outstanding progress in the development of their numeracy and literacy skills.
“The behaviour of pupils is outstanding, they love their school and demonstrate thoughtful behaviour towards each other and the staff, which embellishes the school’s very positive ethos and contributes significantly towards their highly successful learning.”
Springwell School has made a significant improvement since its last inspection by Ofsted back in May 2012, when it was judged to be good.
Ms Coleman added: “The inspirational headteacher and highly committed governors and senior leaders have successfully built on the many strengths identified at the time of the previous inspection, to ensure every pupil achieves the best they possibly can, the school therefore continues to improve apace.
“Staff are overwhelmingly positive about being part of this strong learning community.
“They welcome opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge so that they can find new solutions to pupils’ difficulties and thus ensure that each individual has an equal opportunity to succeed.”
Parents also came in for congratulations as their “overwhelming” support and “strong partnership” with the school were commended.
Gill Alexander, Hartlepool Council’s Director of Child and Adult Services, said: “Springwell School educates some of the most vulnerable youngsters in the town and to be judged outstanding in every area is a huge achievement.”
The school provides for pupils with a wide range of learning difficulties and currently has 74 children attending, aged between three and 11.
The full Ofsted report is available to view at www.springwellschool.co.uk.