St Helen’s Primary is top of the class

St Helens primary school headteacher Vivienne Ingleton pictured with pupils.
St Helens primary school headteacher Vivienne Ingleton pictured with pupils.

A HARTLEPOOL primary school has been praised for its overall performance after a recent visit from Ofsted inspectors.

St Helen’s Primary School, in Durham Street on the Headland, was judged to be ‘good’ in all four categories after undergoing the new, tougher inspection framework in February this year.

The school’s previous inspection in May 2011 resulted in inspectors judging the school to be ‘satisfactory’ overall.

The report, from Lead Inspector Peter Evea, said: “Since the previous inspection, achievement, teaching and leadership and management have all improved.

“From a well below starting point when they join the school, pupils make good progress to reach broadly average standards.

“This represents good achievement.

“Staff have a detailed knowledge of how well pupils are doing and give extra support to those who need it.

“Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are supported well.”

Vivienne Ingleton, the school’s headteacher said: “Everyone involved with the school works so hard to ensure that we give our children the best possible start in life.

“Clearly we are delighted with the outcome of the inspection and will continue to strive for further improvements.”

The report, which has been sent out to all parents goes on to praise teaching, which inspectors say is “particularly strong in Years 5 and 6”.

Children’s behaviour was praised as was the leadership, management and governance.

The report added: “The school is well led by a determined and effective headteacher supported by an equally committed deputy headteacher and other leaders at different levels who are rapidly developing their skills as they become more experienced in their roles.

“Governors are actively involved in planning improvement and are ambitious for the achievement and welfare of all the pupils.”

The report acknowledges that the local authority is providing appropriate support and advice.

Dean Jackson, assistant director of education with the council’s child and adults department, said: “This is an extremely positive report and testament to the significant progress being made at St Helen’s.

“Everyone associated with St Helen’s Primary School has every right to be very proud indeed.”

St Helen’s has 303 pupils aged between three and 11.