‘We work hard to make all welcome’

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DELIGHTED pupils at St Mary and St Martin’s Primary School in Blyth are celebrating after two successful inspections.

The school was visited by Ofsted inspectors last November and received a ‘good’ rating, with outstanding features.

Shortly afterwards, the school was rated ‘outstanding’ by the inspectors of Anglican schools, NATSOC.

“We’re all thrilled with these results and the children were brilliant during inspection week as they always are,” said head teacher Liz Piddington.

“One of our outstanding areas is the extent to which children feel safe at school and this is something we work hard on.”

An example is the Dare workshops that take place every other year for the older pupils.

Trained workers come to school and teach about life skills and drugs education through drama and activities.

“It’s something they really enjoy. It prepares them for secondary school and how to make wise choices in their lives,” explained Mrs Piddington.

“We are all about care and guidance. Our ethos is very much a Christian one. We always make people feel welcome, everyone knows each other and we offer time and support.”

“I want to praise the children because they are brilliant. But it’s also thanks to the staff, parents, governors and the wider community,” she added.

Mrs Piddington said some areas were picked out by Ofsted for development, and are already on the school improvement plan.

“In the coming months we will be looking to work with the village church to link up with schools in other parts of the world to develop the childrens cultural learning,” said Mrs Piddington.

“We teach French, so it would be good to link with a school in France.”

Last term, storyteller Andy Messer visited the school and captured pupils’ imaginations by telling tales from other cultures.

“He related it to what they were learning about in class, like years three and four with ancient Egypt,” said Mrs Piddington.

There’s lots to look forward to this term too, with a visit from a Hindu temple leader and a maths and enterprise week in March.

Mrs Piddington added: “We keep things interesting with activity weeks and visitors. The children love it and are looking forward to the term ahead.”