Improving school gets its reward with ‘good’ rating

The headteacher of Eastlea Primary in Cramlington with the Chairman of Governors Diane Oliver and pupils (l-r) Molly Wilson, Reese Yearnshire and Kyle Lonsdale celebrating their Ofsted success.
The headteacher of Eastlea Primary in Cramlington with the Chairman of Governors Diane Oliver and pupils (l-r) Molly Wilson, Reese Yearnshire and Kyle Lonsdale celebrating their Ofsted success.
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A CRAMLINGTON primary school has been praised by Ofsted inspectors for showing significant improvement on a previous inspection three years earlier.

Eastlea Primary School in Durham Road was rated ‘good’ across the board when it was inspected at the beginning of May under the new and tougher Ofsted guidelines.

It had received a ‘satisfactory’ back in 2009.

The school was judged good in all areas – achievement, teaching, behaviour and leadership and management.

Lead inspector Alison Thomson said in the report: “Since the previous inspection, in response to very effective professional development and performance management, there have been many improvements, including progress in all areas, behaviour and attendance.

“The quality of teaching is good and sometimes outstanding.

“Teachers know the learning and emotional needs of their pupils very well and they plan their lessons accordingly to match these.”

Headteacher Emma Beeston said: “The fact that Eastlea Primary is now deemed ‘good’ came as no surprise to the pupils, parents, staff and governors connected with the school.

“This is something that we have all known for a long time.

“However, to have this finally spelled out by Ofsted in such a glowing report is a fantastic achievement for everyone.

“I am so pleased that the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm shown by the whole of the Eastlea team has now been recognised.

“The inspectors commented that ‘There is a very happy, purposeful climate for learning’.

“That is something of which I am very proud as it is the ethos of Eastlea, which makes it a special place to learn and work.”

Chairman of governors Diane Oliver said: “Being proud of Eastlea doesn’t even begin to describe how we felt when the Ofsted judgement was delivered.

“Every member of the team goes the extra mile every day.

“The governing body are extremely fortunate to be working with such a team.”