Primary schools are rated best in the country by education officials

Primary schools in North Tyneside have been rated the best in the country.

Staff and pupils at borough schools have been praised for their efforts following Ofsted’s annual results for 2013-14.

The results placed primary aged schools the best in the country with 98 per cent of children attending ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ schools.

And the results also showed that 88 per cent of secondary aged pupils attend a good or outstanding school, a rise of 17 per cent’ which placed the authority joint 28th out of 150.

Officials at North Tyneside Council praised the work of schools and parents in their success.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I want to thank all staff in our schools for this fantastic achievement, we can all take great pride in the education we provide to our children here in North Tyneside.

“Education is a partnership between schools and home, and we thank all our parents too for their ongoing support.”

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “We are very proud of our schools and the excellent learning they deliver for the children and young people of North Tyneside.

“Our success and continued improvement is a result of excellent collaboration – we have a really strong partnership that involves schools and their headteachers, the council and its School Improvement Service, national and local leaders.”

Senior officials at Ofsted also praised the success seen in North Tyneside as an example for other authorities to follow.

Nick Hudson, Ofsted director for North East, Yorkshire and Humber, said: “Ofsted inspectors will be working with schools and councils to raise the proportion of good and outstanding schools.”