School gets top marks for basic skills’ work

Chantry Middle School headteacher Steven Johnson and pupils Jason Crumplin, Jacob Russan-Prichett, Grace Tomlin and Madleine Lecroix with the Quality Mark.
Chantry Middle School headteacher Steven Johnson and pupils Jason Crumplin, Jacob Russan-Prichett, Grace Tomlin and Madleine Lecroix with the Quality Mark.
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Quality counts at a Morpeth school as it retains its award for good teaching practice.

Chantry Middle School has been awarded the Basic Skills Quality Mark following a rigorous assessment of its work with pupils and parents in numeracy and literacy.

It is the second time that the school has attained the three-year status after demonstrating high standards.

Head of School Steven Johnson said: “The Basic Skills Quality Mark is an award to celebrate good practice in basic literacy and numeracy skills. It is about our teaching, as well as how we work with parents to promote good basic skills.

“This is the second time we have got the award. It is a continuous development.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive the award again and we will now look at those areas we need to further develop.”

Assessor Elisabeth Bainbridge visited the school in June, finding good practice in the ten elements of the quality mark.

She highlighted paired reading, timetabled opportunities for creative writing, progress tests, parent workshops and governor visits as particular successes.

And she said that extra activities and projects added interest for pupils, while the school was constantly reviewing practices to ensure its teaching and learning experiences in all aspects of literacy and numeracy are of high quality.

Marking policy had been reviewed, based on research and best practice, and regular progress meetings informed future planning and targets.