New Hartlepool school impresses Ofsted inspectors

POSITIVE: Headteacher Jane Looms with pupils from Jesmond Gardens Primary School.
POSITIVE: Headteacher Jane Looms with pupils from Jesmond Gardens Primary School.

A NEW Hartlepool primary school impressed watchdogs on their first inspection.

State-of-the-art £7m Jesmond Gardens Primary School, which opened its doors in April 2012, was given the second highest overall rating by Ofsted of good.

And inspectors were blown away by many areas of the quality of teaching and pupils’ behaviour which inspectors found were “outstanding”.

Jesmond Gardens’ unique no shoes in school policy was highlighted as helping towards pupils’ exceptional behaviour and quiet working atmosphere.

Headteacher Jane Loomes came in for high praise for her excellent leadership and drive for improvement.

Inspectors said she is well supported by her team of staff with the quality of teaching being very high and outstanding in some areas.

They found the curriculum provides pupils with access to “a wide range of artistic, cultural and musical experiences”.

Ofsted’s report stated: “Pupils are highly engaged and motivated by the activities provided by teachers and have outstanding attitudes towards learning.”

It means pupils make faster than expected progress in Years 5 and 6.

And of Jesmond Gardens’ Early Years provision inspectors said: “Children are taught in a sensitive, caring atmosphere where every child is nurtured in order to give them a good start to their education.”

Ms Loomes said: “We are all delighted that Ofsted recognised that Jesmond Gardens Primary School is a good school with outstanding for behaviour and safety.

“The staff work very hard to make a real difference to the education and well being of every child in our school, because of this our children have amazing attitudes to their learning and are a delight to be with.

“The report is very positive about our school, with teaching that is always good and much that is outstanding.

“Though we would have liked to receive the highest accolade of being awarded outstanding overall, the inspectors recognised that we were very close and the inspection report reflects that.

“I would like to thank the staff, children and governors, but also our parents and community for the overwhelming support we receive and the lovely things they say about our fantastic and amazing school.”

Parents can read the full Ofsted report on the school’s website.