Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ivy Road Is Tiny but Full of Good Things

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ivy Road Is Tiny but Full of Good Things

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Byline: By Graeme Whitfield

The trophy cabinet at Ivy Road Primary School is close to bursting point after a run of success.

The Forest Hall school received the best SATs results in North Tyneside last year just a few months after a glowing Ofsted report.

Those plaudits were followed by the school winning a national school newspaper competition called Making the News.

Headteacher Jane Ramsay, who took over from long-term head Alan Giles in February, says: "One of the strengths of the school is its welcoming atmosphere.

"We're quite a small school so we know all the children well. We have some small class sizes and the teaching is very good ( Ofsted have verified that.

"We've had great SATs results but we're about more than just exam results.

"What we're very good at is getting all the children to achieve the personal best.

"It's not about everyone getting Level Four in the SATs because there are some children who might get to Level Three but for them it's an equally good achievement."

Mrs Ramsay, who had been head at Choppington First School in Northumberland, took over from Mr Giles after he had been at Ivy Road for 18 years.

Mr Giles' time at the school was rounded off with a glowing Ofsted report which said Ivy Road was a "good school which provides an effective education and which continually seeks to improve."

Ivy Road Primary School, Forest Hall, North Tyneside.

Headteacher: Jane Ramsay.

Chairman of governors: John Hakin.

Main findings of the latest Ofsted report:

Inspectors reported that all the teaching in the school was good. They were impressed with the foundation unit which combines nursery and reception. By the end of their time at Ivy Road, Ofsted reported that the children achieve very well in English and maths and inspectors were impressed by the particularly high standards in science. The inspectors also commented on the children's good behaviour.

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