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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

'Good' Ofsted report for Bowesfield Primary

Monday, January 18, 2010


OFSTED inspectors have found Bowesfield Primary School to be Good and a place where 'pupils flourish both academically and personally in this warm and caring environment'.

The report also rated the School's capacity for sustained improvement to also be Good.

The School, on Northcote Street, Stockton, has 173 pupils aged from 3 to 11 years and OFSTED said 'pupils enjoy coming to school because they experience a good curriculum which gives them effective opportunities to practice their skills in other subjects'.

It goes on to say 'the determined leadership of the headteacher, supported by the close teamwork and dedication of leaders and staff, is pivotal to the improvements made'.

Headteacher, Emily Hodgeon, said: "We are all really proud of the OFSTED report's comments as everyone within the School strives to provide the best education and environment for all the pupils.

"We will continue to work together to bring about the improvements highlighted and build on the many successes recognised within the Report."

OFSTED inspectors added 'pupils benefit from the good quality care, guidance and support provided and as a result, they have positive attitudes towards learning and their behaviour is good'. It goes on to say 'teaching and learning are good, with particular strengths in opportunities for speaking and listening'.

Councillor Alex Cunningham, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "I would like to congratulate all the teachers, support staff, governing body, parents and pupils on this positive OFSTED report.

"Giving young children a positive and enriching education can only set them in good stead for their later school years."

Areas for improvement highlighted by the report include raising standards and achievements in the Early Years Foundation stage, raising attendance and improving community cohesion by developing further global awareness within the curriculum.