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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Proud pupils wow Ofsted inspectors!

Monday, June 02, 2014


It's official - Bader Primary School in Thornaby is a “good” school!

In fact, a glowing Ofsted report found the school to be “good” across the board, from the achievement and behaviour of its pupils to quality of its teaching and leadership.

“Good or better teaching is now the norm in all key stages”, wrote Lead Inspector Peter Evea in his report.

“Pupils come to school keen to learn; they are confident, capable young people who are keen to use every moment in school productively.

“They take a pride in wearing their uniform, which shows that they are a part of this community.”

Mr Evea also praised the “equality of opportunity” that exists at the school and the school’s success in removing any barriers to learning.

“Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make progress that is similar to that of others,” his report said.

The school is also establishing a reputation for bringing the curriculum to life through a range of exciting activities and educational visits.

In June alone a group of Year Six children will head to Pompeii, while the school will host an Anne Frank exhibition and a group of visiting Norwegian teachers!

Head teacher, Simon Feasey, said: “We are delighted by this report. It recognises and celebrates what has been one almighty team effort. The Bader team very much includes all pupils, parents, every member of staff, and school governors.

“School improvement is at the heart of everything we do, together, on a daily basis. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers, in particular, for the trust they place in us and for their full support of everything we do at Bader.

“We look forward to the journey ahead as we work to make Bader Primary School the very best it can be.”

The school’s Chair of Governors, Dave Griffiths, added: “The governors are delighted by the report and grading of the school. It’s a great achievement for the head teacher, governors, teachers and importantly the children as they have all worked incredibly hard.

“The changes in school are significant and the children are challenged and supported both inside and outside of the classroom.”

The report also noted that the Governing Body and local authority “provide valuable challenge and support” and that this is appreciated by the school.

Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “This is a very positive Ofsted and I’d like to congratulate staff, governors, pupils, parents, carers and Council officers as they have all played a part.

“There are some lovely comments in the report, particularly around the pride that the children feel in being part of the school community and the work the school does to help each and every one of its pupils to succeed.

“It was also encouraging to read about how much pupils improve during their time at the school, which shows the school is doing a really good job of giving children a strong foundation from which they can fulfil their potential.” 

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