Top class

A SCHOOL has gone to the top of the class after impressing inspectors.

An Ofsted inspection of Ward Jackson Primary School, in Clark Street, Hartlepool, has produced glowing results.

The school has been described as “good with some outstanding elements”, a marked improvement on the previous report three years ago that classed the school as “satisfactory”.

Staff at the 120-pupil school are said to be delighted with the inspectors’ decision.

Jan Brough, headteacher at the school, said: “We are particularly pleased with how much attainment has risen since the last report. It is something we wanted to improve and are delighted with the achievement.

“We have a lot of support from parents and a questionnaire they received from inspectors came back with good results, the lead inspector even said it was the most returns of the form she has ever seen. We all want the best for the children.

“Our excellent teachers also deserve credit for always putting the children first and always looking at how they can improve.”

Areas that inspectors picked out where the school can improve included the consistency of marking and providing opportunities for pupils to improve their work, consistently providing challenges for more able pupils and providing opportunities for pupils to develop their understanding if the diversity of beliefs and cultures in the UK.

But overall the report was one of praise, which could be seen in a letter sent out to pupils by Ofsted lead inspector Gill Gleghorn.

She wrote: “You go to a school that provides excellent care and supports you in your learning. Your school also works exceptionally well with others to make sure you get all the help you need.

“We were impressed with how much you knew about keeping safe and healthy.

“Many of you take advantage of after-school activities, such as football and the computer. I really enjoyed the performance by the Glee Club – what wonderful singing. You willingly take on extra responsibilities, such as school councillors, and work hard to make your school the safe and happy place it is.

“By raising money for different charities, you show how much you care for those less fortunate than yourselves.”