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Beth Atkinson, Principal of Oak Tree Primary Academy, Stockton, is delighted with progress at the school

Stockton School comes out of special measures

Oak Tree Primary Academy in Stockton is celebrating being removed from special measure judgement it received three years ago

Posted by Hannah Oakman | July 14, 2015 | Teaching

Since its sponsorship by the Northern Education Trust, the school has worked hard to improve and enhance the quality of its teaching and the attitude of its pupils towards learning. Inspectors noted the progress the school had made, in particular, the behaviour and safety of its pupils which were rated good, although overall, aspects of its operations still require some improvement.

Inspectors recognised that principal, Beth Atkinson: 'Capably supported by her committed team of managers and staff have created a strong ethos and positive learning environment in which pupils behave well and are happy, safe and secure'.  They also noted that there had been appreciable improvements in pupils' outcomes that have been gained from a very low base.  They commented on the interesting curriculum which enriches pupils’ learning well and also that the academy provides well for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Oak Tree Academy caters for 434 pupils aged three to 11 years. It is larger than the average-sized primary school and since its conversion to an academy there have been significant changes in staffing at all levels.

Principal Beth Atkinson noted: 'Whilst we are delighted with the many positive comments made by the inspectors, we are redoubling our efforts to tackle the improvement areas noted in the report which will inform our actions over the coming months so that all pupils make good progress all of the time.

“It is our aim to raise expectations even further about what they can achieve across all age groups and continually extend their skills, experience, knowledge and understanding.'

Ian Kershaw, chief executive of the Northern Education Trust added: 'A very strong start has been made but as a trust, we will not be satisfied until all our academies are outstanding. We know what needs to be done to make further improvements and we are already tackling these issues positively. Every child deserves the very best education possible and we are committed to delivering it.”  

Northern Education Trust sponsors 20 primary and secondary academies across the North East and North West of England. It was established in September 2012 and works only with schools by invitation.  


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