School donation

Owton Manor Primary school acting Head Liz Killeen with football team members (rear) Ellie Maddison and Paul Boagey (front) Brooke Butcher and Spencer Maiden with their new football shirts
Owton Manor Primary school acting Head Liz Killeen with football team members (rear) Ellie Maddison and Paul Boagey (front) Brooke Butcher and Spencer Maiden with their new football shirts

GRATEFUL youngsters have thanked generous sponsors who supplied them with new football kits.

Owton Manor Primary School, in Eskdale Road, Hartlepool, has new home and away football strips for the school’s football sides thanks to sponsorship from WS Controls and J Hughes Coaches, which is based in Sunderland.

Both firms donated £200 towards the school’s new strips to the delight of staff and pupils.

Staff at the school have also thanked Floorcraft for supplying a new carpet for the school, Davidson’s butchers, at the Fens shopping parade, and Radio Hartlepool for their help and support at a disco the school staged earlier this year.

Liz Killeen, acting headteacher at the school, said: “I would like to express my thanks to all the firms and organisations that have sponsored the school this year.

“The new football kits look really smart and we are very grateful for all of the donations.”

The school celebrated recently after seeing its grading go from satisfactory to good under the new stricter Ofsted inspection regime.

Speaking last month, staff at the school said they were delighted and praised the efforts of the teachers, children, parents and governors in making it possible.

Seven out of 10 town schools inspected since the new Ofsted inspection framework was introduced last September have seen their gradings increased, with Owton Manor Primary School being one of them.

Under the new inspection framework, schools can no longer be graded satisfactory in an attempt by the Government to encourage all schools to become good or outstanding.

Instead schools can be graded either outstanding (grade 1), good (grade 2), requires improvement (grade 3) or inadequate (grade 4), with schools graded inadequate inspected half-termly by Ofsted.

The school has 190 pupils but can cater for up to 245 and staff say admissions are on the increase.