A primary school in Hebburn voted Primary School of the Year at this year’s Times Educational Supplement (TES) awards is celebrating more good news following a recent Ofsted inspection.

St Aloysius Junior School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, has retained its Ofsted ‘outstanding’ grading following a visit in September.

The new report highlighted that, as a school, St Aloysius is ‘always pushing forward to improve’ with a ‘drive and determination to provide the highest quality education and experiences for pupils.’

Kathryn Fenwick, acting headteacher at St Aloysius Catholic Infant and Junior School, said: “It truly is an incredible achievement for us to maintain this grading, not only to be inspected following the most challenging times we’ve ever experienced as a school community but also under an Ofsted framework which sets even higher expectations than before.

“It’s been a wonderful academic year so far and heart-warming to see our children learning in school, happy and healthy.

“I am so proud of the school we’ve built where a sense of belonging and community is so very tangible.”

The Ofsted report also spoke highly of the environment that the school has created for children, noting that ‘pupils love coming to school’ and that St Aloysius is a school ‘built on care, and care in action’.

The curriculum across a large range of subjects was praised throughout the inspection, with many subjects shared with inspectors described as a ‘triumph’.

Kathryn continued: “As we continue to return to a more normal teaching timetable in school, there will be some exciting new curriculum developments as we move forward to ensure our school continues to be the very best it can be.

“The latest inspection is a tribute to our whole school community from governors and teachers to parents and, of course, our brilliant pupils.

“Thank you, to each and every one of you, for your unwavering support – it means so much.”

To find out more about St Aloysius Catholic Infant and Junior School, please visit: https://st-aloysius.co.uk/

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