Ofsted has praised the inspiring curriculum and outstanding behaviour of children at Berwick’s Holy Trinity First School.
The school was rated ‘good’ overall with many ‘outstanding’ features by inspectors who visited last month.
In a report published today, lead inspector Moira Fitzpatrick describes the school as “vibrant, warm and welcoming” and acknowledges the excellent pastoral care, staff morale and teamwork.
Behaviour and safety was outstanding and Ms Fitzpatrick said the pupils conducted themselves extremely well.
“Pupils are kind and supportive of each other, and very welcoming and helpful to visitors. Their thoughtful behaviour creates a warm, happy school where learning thrives.”
The report also commends the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching and the school’s leadership.
It continues: “The excellent curriculum is a strong factor in pupils’ achievement. It inspires a love of all learning, through numerous community links which fire pupils’ enthusiasm, especially in music and the arts.”
The school narrowly missed out on being rated outstanding overall because there was still a need to make further progress in writing which was not as consistently good as in reading and maths. She also said more definition of leadership roles was required.
Head teacher Dawn Groves said: “I am delighted that the spirit of the school has been captured so well by the inspectors and that the things we are so proud of have been recognised.
“Developing writing is part of our school improvement plan because standards in reading and maths are exceptionally high and we want writing to be the same. We know the changes we have made recently have made a difference and we will be continuing with this work.”
She added: “Schools have such short notice of an inspection now that it is impossible to put on a show; what the inspectors saw was a true reflection of our school everyday. I am very proud to be a part of this school and count myself lucky to work with the children, parents, staff and governors that we have here. The children were a credit to us all.”
The school was last inspected in 2010 when it also received a ‘good’ overall rating but the latest report recognises the improvements since driven by “the head teacher’s ambitious vision and determination.”
The glowing report comes after Ofsted criticised falling standards in Northumberland schools at the end of last year.