Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Schools Are a Class Apart, Says Report; Dozens in Region Are among Most Outstanding in Country

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Schools Are a Class Apart, Says Report; Dozens in Region Are among Most Outstanding in Country

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Byline: Alastair Craig

DOZENS of schools across the North East have been named among the most outstanding in the country. Ofsted has published its annual report for 2010/11, drawing on more than 31,000 inspection visits across the schools, early years, children's social care and learning and skills venues.

Across Northumberland, 14 education providers were deemed "outstanding" - the Government watchdog's top rating. One school, 12 childcare providers and one children's centre made up the county's impressive tally.

Morpeth Cambo First School was highlighted as one of 81 gold star sites in the North East.

Paula Cummings, headteacher, said her school was like a "family" and resulted in excellent results.

She said: "Enjoyment and achievement are central to all we do. We are developing citizens for the 21st Century and we, like the children and the community take this role seriously.

"Ofsted said that we were as one 'family' and that is exactly what we are. Coming to school is such a brilliant thing to do whether staff, children or community member. Education is enjoyed wholeheartedly by one and all."

In County Durham, 22 education providers hit the heights this year, in Newcastle it was 16, three in Gateshead, 17 in North and South Tyneside and nine in Sunderland.

Moorside Community Primary, in New-castle's West End, was praised for being an outstanding multi-cultural school with excellent community work.

Ofsted inspectors added that outcomes for pupils are outstanding because their achievement is good, including spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

June Foster, headteacher at Moorside, said: "We put the needs of each individual child at the heart of what we do to give them the best start to their academic development. This could be helping them at the start of the day through our breakfast club to supporting children who need extra help to making sure that pupils are challenged and encouraged to work harder.

"We want our pupils to do the best they can and all of the staff at the school are committed to doing that, which is reflected in our outstanding Ofsted report."

Ofsted also named Beacon Hill Business and Enterprise College in Wallsend, North Tyneside, Durham Johnston Comprehensive School and Gateshead's Carr Hill Community Primary School.

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, Miriam Rosen, praised the region for its continued achievements. "Everyone who has contributed towards the delivery of the outstanding services across Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland deserves our recognition," she said.

"From the visits I make around the country, I know just how much hard work and dedication goes in to delivering the best outcomes. I hope others will be inspir ed by these successful providers. …

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