A DALE primary school is celebrating after scoring a third consecutive Outstanding rating by OFSTED.

Bowes Hutchinson’s CofE Aided Primary School, in Teesdale, was recognised by the independent regulator, following a recent unannounced inspection.

The inspector, during his visit to the school, which is based in the village of Bowes, near Barnard Castle, observed three classes and spoke with pupils. He also met with staff, including headteacher, Chris Matthewman, and members of the school’s governing body.

Writing in his report, the inspector praised the school’s safeguarding, leadership and management and commended Bowes school’s governing body.

He also noted that "staff morale is high" and "everyone plays their part and, collectively, does their best to achieve significant success in the school".

Parents of children with special educational needs (SEND) also praised Bowes School’s level of teaching, in the report.

The inspector said: "One parent told me that she could not fault the school’s support for her child and that it ‘goes the extra mile, and more,’ as well as: ‘Your work as SENCo is very effective. You and the school team work hard and relentlessly in support of pupils with SEND."

The latest Outstanding rating for Bowes follows the school’s previous Outstanding grades in 2009 and 2006.

Commenting on the report, Mr Matthewman, said: “We are delighted with the results of our latest OFSTED inspection, which is testament to the hard work and dedication of our team.

"The inspector’s comments and notes were particularly pleasing, which demonstrates the qualities of our teaching staff and the positive impact they have on our pupils.

“However, we won’t be resting on our laurels and aim to build on this success by delivering a continued excellent standard of teaching. Hopefully we will be celebrating further success in the future.”

Peter Nicholls, chairman of governors at Bowes Hutchinson’s CofE Aided School, added: “The teaching and support staff work incredibly hard and this latest recognition is fully deserved.

"The pupils are equally a credit to the school, and everyone associated with Bowes primary school should be proud of this achievement.”