Staff and pupils at a primary school are celebrating after receiving a 'Good' rating from Ofsted.

Inspectors from Ofsted said that St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Sunderland, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, “embody the school’s values, including compassion and tolerance”.

Ofsted lead inspector Richard Beadnall said in his report following the inspection of the Ryhope school in March: “In this small but multicultural school, pupils demonstrate high levels of respect for others.

“They understand the school’s motto of ‘small but mighty’. A pupil reflected the words of others by saying that ‘everybody together makes us strong through friendships and harmony’.

“Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are positive. A purposeful learning environment pervades the school.

“Pupils are inquisitive and welcoming to visitors. One parent summed up the feelings of many others by saying, ‘The school creates a safe environment where my children are comfortable to be themselves and accept everyone’.”

According to the Ofsted report: "The school leaders’ “high expectations for achievement” were evident in the teachers’ classroom practice and pupils’ understanding of their learning. The curriculum is also tailored to the local area and the inspectors said in their report it was evident how proud the pupils are of Ryhope and its heritage.

Pupils enjoy coming to school – attendance is high – and they find the high-quality curriculum “relevant and exciting”.

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“The school’s intentions for high-quality personal development are clear,” continued the report.

Following the inspection, t executive headteacher Jane Ward said: “The report is a wonderful reflection of the hard work of both staff and pupils but also of the fantastic support that parents and carers give us.

“The report highlights that we truly are a school family that puts the importance of community at the heart of all we do.”