Yesterday (October 5) marked World Teachers Day – one of our favourite days of the year!
Sure, there are no fireworks or pigs in blankets or hot cross buns, but we get the chance to celebrate and appreciate the amazing, gifted school colleagues we’re so fortunate to have across the globe. And to us, that’s where the magic really is.
We’ve been fortunate enough to hear about some amazing Ofsted and Catholic Schools Inspectorate reviews recently, and St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School is no exception. The primary school, which is based in Seaham and part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, received an ‘Outstanding’ rating following their recent inspection by CSI.
Imagine receiving an invite to City Hall from the Mayor herself? Pinch us, we’re dreaming… Luckily for students at Thornhill Academy, however, this special situation was in fact a reality. Pupils from the school, which is part of Consilium Academies and based in Sunderland, were invited by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Councillor Dorothy Trueman, to be her guests at City Hall.
The topic of pupil absences across the North East has been making headlines once again, following on from the recent House of Commons Education Select Committee report, published on 11 September. Is it any surprise that this subject has reared its ugly head, considering we’re still waiting for real, long-term support to rectify the issue?
When parents send their children to school, they want to take comfort in knowing that they’re happy, proud, and well behaved. Well, according to a recent Ofsted review, those are the exact terms associated with pupils at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Jarrow!
That’s enough to warm your heart on a cold September afternoon, isn’t it?
There’s no greater feeling than embarking on a hearty walk in the great outdoors with likeminded people, discussing the matters that mean most to you. The Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust understands this thoroughly, which is why they recently organised a series of five faith walks to bring the community closer together.
The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) published the third and final report in its series on the cost-of-living crisis, and its impact on schools.
The reports show the findings of surveys of over 2700 teachers and senior leaders in April and May 2023 in mainstream and special schools. The third report looks at the impact cost-of-living increases have had on school staff.
When the going gets good… you need to keep it up! And that’s exactly what Seaton Sluice Middle School did with their latest Ofsted review. Following an intensive two day inspection at the end of the Summer Term, Ofsted released a report on 11 September that confirmed this school continues to be ‘Good’.
What a fantastic result!
“And here we have, in the wild, a rare glimpse of…” six and seven year olds channelling their inner David Attenboroughs! Year 2 pupils from Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School (which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust) had a hoot of a time on a recent school trip to Washington Wetland Centre.
A little birdie told us that it might have even inspired a new generation of mini ornithologists in Peterlee…
Once again, North East schools have shown determination and skill in the face of adversity to produce some amazing KS2 results this week. Congratulations to all staff and pupils who contributed to this achievement!
It might only be the start of the new academic year, but Wyvern Academy in Darlington is already celebrating a huge achievement!
Ofsted recently revealed that it judges the school to be ‘Good’ following an inspection in June 2023. The academy, which is part of Consilium Academies, was previously judged as ‘Requires Improvement’. So this is incredible progress indeed.
It might only be the start of the new academic year, but Wyvern Academy in Darlington is already celebrating a huge achievement! Ofsted recently revealed that it judges the school to be ‘Good’ following an inspection in June 2023. The academy, which is part of Consilium Academies, was previously judged as ‘Requires Improvement’. So this is incredible progress indeed.
The inspectors said that “leaders have achieved their ambitious vision of giving this community the school it deserves” and praised the academy for being a place where pupils “are being prepared to succeed in life”.