Plenty of positives in school’s Ofsted report

A Morpeth school is celebrating after it received glowing praise from inspectors.

The Ofsted report for Newminster Middle School and Technology College praised pupils and staff. It gave the school a good rating, with the behaviour and safety of students judged outstanding.

The team that observed lessons, spoke with teachers, governors and pupils and examined some of the work done in all classes said that the pupils develop a strong love of learning because their work in school is both interesting and fun.

In addition, the report says: “Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. The calm, purposeful atmosphere that exists in the school is rooted in pupils’ high level of self-discipline and willingness to take on responsibility.

“An outstanding curriculum creates many opportunities for pupils to succeed. Enterprise activities, such as organising the summer fayre, give pupils of all ages the opportunity to develop life skills such as teamwork, creativity and reflection.

“By the end of Year 8, the proportion of pupils exceeding the level expected for their age is above average and all groups are extremely well prepared for the challenges of the next stage in their education.”

The inspectors highlighted a couple of areas to improve so Newminster can become an outstanding school.

Head of school Jane Kennedy and executive headteacher of The Three Rivers Learning Trust, Simon Taylor, said: “We are really pleased with the outcomes of this inspection, which matches our own assessment of the school.

“Newminster is a very happy school and it is a pleasure to work with such committed and talented staff. The inspectors said wonderful things about the children – about their curiosity and thirst for knowledge and their enjoyment of school life.

“We are now focused on developing the school further in line with the recommendations from the report.”