Report is good news for school

Andy Roberts, executive principal at Bothal Primary School, with pupils Lucy Lowery and Dylan Burt.
Andy Roberts, executive principal at Bothal Primary School, with pupils Lucy Lowery and Dylan Burt.

Students at Bothal Primary School in Ashington make a ‘flying start to their learning’, according to its latest Ofsted inspection.

In their official report, inspectors praised the school’s ‘consistently good teaching’ and said ‘pupils learn quickly and are able to apply their skills across all subjects’.

Its use of specialist teachers and delivery of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) curriculum were identified as a key strength of provision.

The inspectors added: ‘Pupils’ personal development and welfare are outstanding.

‘Their aspirations are based on a sound understanding of the life skills they need to secure a successful future.’

Having been rated Good across all inspection criteria, executive principal Andy Roberts said: “The inspectors’ report recognises the commitments we have made to provide the best possible teaching, outcomes and experiences for all of our pupils at Bothal Primary School.

“I pay tribute to our wonderful pupils, dedicated teaching and support staff and our governing body for the commitment each has made to our school community.

“We are all about enriching the lives of our pupils – from an early age helping them to gain the knowledge and build the life skills that will enable them to reach their full potential.

“Our approach to teaching STEM and the work we do to care for our pupils’ well-being are integral to the school’s ethos.”

Bothal Primary School currently provides 665 places for children aged two to 11.