The eight top schools rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in Hartlepool and East Durham

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These are the eight top schools which inspectors have rated ‘outstanding’ in Hartlepool and East Durham.

Any institutions or professional individuals providing education or care for children are regularly inspected by the Ofsted watchdog, from childminders to secondary schools, to ensure they meet appropriate standards.

Providers are rated in a number of areas, and given an overall rating of either ‘inadequate’, ‘requires improvement’, ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

Last week we published the nine schools in the area which fell short and ‘required improvement’.

Today we have the happier task of revealing the eight brilliant schools rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Where a school has become and academy since its last inspection, we have omitted it from the list.