A SCHOOL community’s hard work has paid off after education watchdog Ofsted rated it as good, six years after it was placed in special measures.

Helen Ashton, headteacher at Rosa Street Primary School, in Spennymoor, said: “We are delighted with the report– it evidences the hard work of pupils, staff, governors and parents in the school’s journey.”

Inspectors, who visited the school on October 1 and 2, found pupils are well looked after and staff listen and act on pupils’ views. Working in teams such as school nutrition action, young carers and anti-bullying groups help 'make the school a better place for all'.

Teachers are well trained in how to teach maths, pupils’ work in science and history is of good quality, most pupils read well by the time they leave for secondary school and they enjoy listening to stories and poems every day. Most youngsters read at home daily and those that don’t, read to adults in school.

Pupils behave well because they enjoy lessons and those that find it harder to behave get support, sometimes taught in smaller nurture groups to help them feel safe and build their confidence. Children are prepared well for life in modern Britain– learning to respect diversity, safeguarding arrangements are effective and leaders are tenacious in getting pupils the help they need.

In 2013, Rosa Street was found to be inadequate and placed in special measures. It was subsequently taken under the wing of Cleves Cross Learning Trust. In 2017 education inspectors recognised various strengths such as ambitious leaders and teachers with a desire and willingness to improve but felt it still required improvement.

Last month’s ‘good’ rating came as a relief to staff and Governors who say they are not resting on their laurels.

Mrs Ashton said: “We are addressing the areas for development mentioned in the report, and the report does recognise plans are already in place and being worked on to do that.”

Areas it needs to work on include early years provision– which still requires improvement– as a small but significant number of pupils over the last few years have not made sufficient progress ready for year one, teaching of phonics and curriculum plans for foundation subjects.