School gets top marks after Ofsted inspection

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Staff and pupils at a Blyth school are celebrating after being given the top rating by inspectors.

The Dales School, in Cowpen Road, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted following an inspection last month, an improvement on their previous rating of ‘good’ in 2010.

The school, which caters for primary aged pupils with special educational needs, had moved from its previous site in East Hartford just weeks before their previous inspection.

But following their latest visit, inspectors were pleased with what they saw.

They said the vast majority of pupils make ‘outstanding progress’ while the children constantly make good and better progress year on year.

The report said: “Pupils are keen to attend school, they feel safe and secure. Their behaviour is outstanding. Their attitudes and care for each other contribute very well to their learning and progress.”

Inspectors also found that the youngsters were very well prepared for their next stage of education and that ‘pupils make exception progress from their individual starting points. Their progress in reading, writing, communication and mathematics is equally strong’.

Ofsted inspectors gave the top ‘outstanding’ rating to achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management.

Headteacher Hugh Steele said: “The outcome is the result of the extremely hard work of the staff, supported by the parents and carers to provide an individualised learning opportunity for each child in school.”