A South Tyneside school is celebrating after being rated as ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted.
Simonside Primary School in Jarrow maintained its rating from its previous inspection in 2018.
Inspectors said of the school: “Pupils are proud to attend Simonside Primary. They arrive at school with smiles on their faces to be greeted warmly by staff. There is an infectious sense of happiness and community.”
Inspectors found staff to be “warm, kind and nurturing” while pupils show good manners and consideration to both adults and their peers.
They add in their report “Leaders and pupils have worked together to create clear rules for behaviour in school. This supports pupils in making positive choices and behaving well. As a result, pupils enjoy school and attend regularly. Parents speak highly of the school.”
All pupils, including those with additional needs, are encouraged to develop their interests and talents in sport, music and the arts.
The school has high expectations for its pupils and, as a result, pupils have confidence in their own abilities and high aspirations for future careers.
Staff in the school have embedded the personal development programme with care across the whole curriculum which helps pupils to manage their feelings and emotions well.
Head teacher Donna Scott told Radio Shields “I am extremely proud of what we are continuing to achieve at our school. This report reflects the hard work and commitment from all members of our school community”
Councillor Jane Carter, Lead Member for Education and Skills, added: “I am delighted that Simonside Primary has retained its Good rating. It is fantastic that pupils are proud of their school and are happy to be there and ready to learn.
“The staff, leadership, parents and pupils are all to be commended for this excellent outcome.”
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You can listen to our interview with Mrs Scott, staff and the children below.