Pupils are top class

GOVERNMENT inspectors have described the behaviour of pupils at a Northumberland middle school as ‘good and, at times, exemplary’.

Pupils at Seahouses Middle School were praised by Ofsted inspectors in their recent inspection report in which ‘virtually all’ pupils told inspectors they enjoyed school, borne out by the impressively high attendance rate.

A letter to the children from inspector Margaret Farrow said how impressed she had been with ‘your good and sometimes outstanding behaviour and it was good to see how caring and supportive you are of one another.’

The report highlighted the school’s ‘happy, caring and inclusive atmosphere’ and described the efforts to promote healthy lifestyles among the students as outstanding, particularly the impressive range of sport and health-related activities on offer.

The school has specialist status in music and ICT, and pupils ‘attain highly’ in these subjects.

Inspectors also described as outstanding the care and guidance available for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

Most teaching was described as good, with ‘good and occasionally outstanding outcomes and continuing improvements in the quality of provision.’

To improve still further, the report said that the middle school needs to hasten pupils’ progress, particularly in Key Stage 2, and for the most able, by taking account of pupils’ individual starting points and ensuring all teachers provide opportunities for pupils to develop their independence and critical thinking skills.

Headteacher Julie Harris was described as having a ‘quiet, determined vision’ for the school’s improvement which was embraced by staff and governors. Overall, the school was considered to be good.

Miss Harris said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the report and the fact that the many strengths of our school have been recognised.

“We want to build on the positive relationships valued by pupils, teachers, parents, governors and the wider community, as well as the good behaviour of our pupils, to ensure we continue to improve even further.”