School spells out its success

Staff and pupils at Alnwick South First School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report.
Staff and pupils at Alnwick South First School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report.
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EXEMPLARY behaviour, an excellent ethos and high academic achievement have earned an Alnwick school a rating of ‘outstanding’ following its latest Ofsted inspection.

The report praises Alnwick South First School’s first-class standards, achieved ‘because of its meticulously-planned, stimulating curriculum’.

Inspectors also noted that the school’s arrangements for safeguarding its pupils are excellent and pupils are extremely well cared for. Many parents praised the school’s successes and expressed the view that ‘the school has an excellent ethos of high standards and personal development’.

Ofsted said: “This is an outstanding school. All staff share a commitment to ensure that the pupils develop into mature and responsible citizens and achieve high academic standards. The staff know the pupils very well and parents are delighted to send their children there.”

The inspectors also commented upon the children’s exemplary behaviour and the way in which they do their best to help and take care of each other.

Coun Lesley Rickerby, Northumberland County Council’s executive member for children’s services, said: “This Ofsted report is a wonderful endorsement of this outstanding school. Teachers, governors, staff and pupils are to be congratulated for their hard work, which has made such high standards possible.”

Headteacher Jenny Smith said: “We are delighted with the Ofsted report and we are committed to continue the outstanding work in order to maintain the high standards that our pupils and staff have worked hard to achieve. We will now build on this success to ensure that our school remains a place where children can flourish.”

Alnwick South is a member of the Aln Community Schools Federation. Executive headteacher, Maurice Hall, said: “The outstanding nature of Alnwick South is impacting upon the excellent developments which are now taking place across the Federation as a whole”

The Duke’s Middle School, another Federation partner, received a monitoring visit from Ofsted.

Headteacher Dawn Morton was delighted with the very positive report and was pleased to read that the Inspector felt that ‘students’ behaviour and attitudes are strengths and add to the calm and purposeful atmosphere that pervades this extensive school site’.

The report said that ‘standards are rising’ and that there are high expectations of staff and pupils, noting that ‘good relationships between teachers and pupils typified all lessons observed.’