County schools get top marks from inspectors

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TOP performing schools and childcare providers in Northumberland have been praised in a new publication.

Alongside its Annual Report for 2010/11, Ofsted has released a full list of those child minders, nurseries, schools, colleges, adult learning providers and social care providers who have been judged outstanding in the past year.

A total of 14 received this judgement in the county, including Cambo First School.

It was praised for its excellent outcomes for pupils, an exemplary curriculum which reflects the school’s setting in its community, and exceptional care, guidance and support which lie at the heart of the school.

Headteacher Paula Cummings said: “We exude safety, economic awareness, personal and social health and well being. Enjoyment and achievement are central to all we do.

“Ofsted said that we were as one family, and that is exactly what we are. Coming to school is such a brilliant thing to do whether staff, children or community member.

“The thinking and creative skills that our children learn now will stand them in good stead for lifelong learning and future success.”

Goosehill Private Nursery in Morpeth was one of the childcare providers to get an outstanding report.

Inspectors said that the staff’s ‘excellent knowledge of children’s individual needs ensures that all aspects of their welfare and learning are promoted with great success’.

Its open and accessible service, caring and safe environment, relationship with parents and evaluation systems were also highly praised.

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Miriam Rosen said: “Everyone who has contributed towards the delivery of the outstanding services across Northumberland deserves our recognition.

“From the visits I make around the country, I know just how much hard work and dedication goes in to delivering the best outcomes for children, young people and learners.

“I hope others will be inspired by these successful providers.”

Ofsted’s Annual Report reflected positively on the decrease in the number of inadequate schools and the increased speed with which schools are coming out of special measures among other data.

It also revealed that 14 percent of schools inspected in 2010/11, nearly 800, have been judged satisfactory for the second time and only have satisfactory capacity to improve.

The report documents and list of outstanding schools, colleges and providers, which can be broken down into local authority areas, are available at www.ofsted.gov.uk