A recent Ofsted inspection of a Yarm Primary School found it to be ‘good’ and praised it for offering “excellent care and support” as well as providing “very well for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”
Inspectors found pupils’ achievement at Layfield Primary School on Everingham Road was ‘good’ with good progress made in reading, writing and mathematics.
The report also rated teaching in the school as ‘good’ with staff praised for planning lessons with interesting topics and a range of activities. Teaching in Year 6 writing was highlighted as being outstanding.
The school, which has 181 pupils aged from 3 to 11 years, was praised for providing a safe environment. The behaviour of pupils was rated as good. Procedures to ensure pupils are safe were highlighted as being outstanding.
The report goes on to say that the headteacher and the governing body have a very clear understanding of the school’s strengths and relative weaknesses. They have improved teaching, pupils’ achievement and the leadership skills of other teachers. The head teacher, Helen Owen, is praised for having high expectations and aspirations for her staff and pupils which “creates a purposeful, calm and safe environment in school which enables teachers and pupils to thrive and give their best.”
Headteacher, Helen Owen, said: “We are all really proud of the inspector’s comments because 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 by the inspectors.
“Parents are such a valued part of our school community and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support. We know that when inspectors spoke to parents they were overwhelmingly positive about all aspects of school.”
Councillor Ann McCoy, 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.”