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Hilton Primary Academy has been awarded with an 'outstanding' Ofsted rating across the board

Posted by Julian Owen | August 03, 2018 | School life

Hilton Primary Academy in Blakelaw, Newcastle, has been awarded a judgment of ‘outstanding’ across every measure of its performance in its latest Ofsted inspection, conducted at the beginning of June.

It is the second consecutive 'outstanding' judgment awarded to the school, which is sponsored by Northern Education Trust (NET).

Inspectors were impressed by the commitment of the principal and staff to meeting the needs of pupils and families, and to providing the highest standards of care and support. The report says the team’s actions ‘help pupils to make outstanding progress from their starting points’, ‘the arrangements for safeguarding pupils are extremely effective’ and ‘the actions of leaders and teachers significantly enhance the well-being of children and families'.

Inspectors remarked upon the support given by NET in terms of checking standards, developing leadership and supporting ongoing improvement. They also described the governors as ‘passionate in their commitment to the school’s community ethos'.

Hilton Primary Academy introduced provision for two year olds in 2016. Inspectors found it to be high quality and innovative, enabling children to establish a foundation for learning earlier and bringing a crucial advantage in progressing through primary school.

"Inspectors were impressed by the commitment of the principal and staff to meeting the needs of pupils and families, and to providing the highest standards of care and support."

Principal Shirley Davison, herself a National Leader for Education, said: “It is a lot harder to achieve 'outstanding' now. We assessed what we needed to do to continue improving. My team understood the journey we were on and our children are hard-working and resilient, so everyone has strived to maintain the high standards in our school, which are evident everywhere.

“Hilton lies at the heart of the community. We are involved in the Blakelaw Community Trust and we have a strong pastoral team, which assists in reinforcing our aims, vision and values.

“With the support of NET, our staff have benefited from a great deal of training and leadership development; specifically, developing initiatives which involve innovating new practices and establishing small-scale trials to assess effect, which are then rolled out across the school, and in some cases, the Trust. Such practices enable our teaching to be maintained at a high standard.

“We use the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme (TEEP) as well as the RAG (Red Amber Green) and STEP (Student Tracker of Effort and Progress), which have been introduced by the Trust and are a rigorous set of new school improvement systems to review the attainment and progress of each child weekly.”

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