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County Durham school deemed 'outstanding' just five years after disappointing report

Published November 23, 2017 12.01am


A County Durham primary has been judged as 'outstanding' in all areas by Ofsted, just 5 years after being described as 'coasting' by the Department of Education.

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(L-R) Aden Tomys, 8, Alice Larke, 8, Eleanor Savage, 11, deputy headteacher Paul Taylor, Isla Shuffleton, 4, Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Charlie Pennington, 3, headteacher Sally Newton, Abigail Bell, 10, Faye Green, 5, and Sami Illiasu, 4.

Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School has received glowing praise from inspectors who reported that 'pupils make outstanding progress from their individual starting points in all three key stages'.

Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Cabinet member for children and young people's services, said: "We are delighted that Sedgefield Hardwick has been recognised in such glowing terms by Ofsted, particularly when compared to just five years ago when the school was underperforming. Every stakeholder in the school is showered with praise in this report, including the 'inspirational' headteacher, the 'strong and professional' governors and the exceptional teachers and teaching assistants who provide these children with the very best early education.

"I'd like to congratulate everyone involved with the school on this fantastic achievement."

The school's core culture of 'Instil, Inspire, and Innovate' has led Sedgefield Hardwick pupils to exceed the expected national standards in reading, writing and mathematics at key stages 1 and 2. The pupils themselves were also spoken of highly in the report, as they were described as 'wonderful ambassadors' for their school who displayed 'exemplary behaviour'.

Sedgefield Hardwick's headteacher Sally Newton said: "The outstanding judgements we have been awarded are testimony to the significant journey of creativity and innovation that we have been on since the time of our last inspection. This amazing journey has been possible because of the talent, determination and brilliance of all involved in our school community. 

"Especially our children, who shine brightly in everything they do, they thoroughly deserve this accolade."

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