THE majority of Hartlepool primary schools are performing well after the most recent batch of Ofsted inspections under the new tougher regime.
A Hartlepool Borough Council report revealed 81 per cent of primary schools in town were classed as good or outstanding in the last academic year with 19 per cent did requiring improvement.
Councillors met recently to discuss the Ofsted inspections of nine schools in town, carried out in the last few months before the summer school holidays.
Under the new stricter regime, schools can no longer be graded satisfactory in an attempt by the Government to encourage all schools to become good or outstanding.
Schools can be graded either outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate, with schools graded inadequate inspected half-termly by Ofsted.
The council’s children’s services committee met to hear a summary of the results of Ofsted inspections of Hartlepool schools in the period March to July this year and to hear the number of good and outstanding schools in Hartlepool at the end of the academic year 2012-13.
The most recent inspections on town schools were as follows:
l Catcote Special School judged good overall;
l Greatham Primary School judged good overall;
l Owton Manor Primary School judged good overall;
l St Teresa’s RC Primary School judged good overall;
l Kingsley Primary School judged good overall;
l Grange Primary School judged to require improvement;
l Rossmere Primary School judged good overall;
l West Park Primary School judged good overall;
l St Peter’s CE Primary School, in Elwick, judged to require improvement.
A report by Mark Patton, senior school improvement advisor, said: “Ofsted introduced a revised school inspection framework in September 2012 and the aim of the revised schedule was to ensure that all schools in England are judged to be outstanding or good.
“Any school judged to ‘require improvement’ will be ‘supported’ by Ofsted to improve quickly.
“Schools judged to be ‘inadequate’ will be monitored by Ofsted half-termly.”
Schools judged to require improvement are supported by council-led focus groups and a nominated inspector.
Labour councillor Chris Simmons, chair of the children’s committee, reminded members that a request for a report on the use of the pupil premium and how it had impacted on schools had been requested and would be brought to the next meeting on November 5.
The pupil premium is external funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and committee members said they were aware schools used the pupil premium in different ways.
The council report was noted by committee members.
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