Darlington school opens its doors to learning

Darlington school opens its doors to learning

16th January 2015


PRIMARY children opened their doors to the public to give them a taste of why their school is rated so highly by Government inspectors.

Cockerton C of E Primary School in Darlington staged two open sessions for parents of children due to start reception class in September.

The invitation came on the back of an Ofsted inspection that rated the school good with outstanding features.

Prospective parents were invited to attend one of two hour-long information sessions giving them the chance to look round the school and speak to class and senior teachers.

At the end of last year Ofsted rated the school good overall and outstanding in the areas of leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, and early years provision.

The achievement of pupils and the quality of teaching was rated good.
The report stated:

• The leadership of the school is outstanding. All leaders, including the governors, are determined in their drive to ensure the very highest achievement for all pupils

• The action of all leaders, including governors, have secured higher standards and improved teaching

• Standards in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6 are much higher than the national average

• Pupils are delightful ambassadors for their school. They are extremely proud of their achievements. Their behaviour in lessons and around school is outstanding

• Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school and say their children feel happy and safe

• In early years, a wide range of stimulating and inspiring activities ensure children thrive and make rapid progress.

Hannah Connor, five, said: “We went to see the nursery school children and we told them how great our school is and they should come here.”

Jack Sowerby, four, added: “We have a giant sandpit, a playground and a tower which we showed the children when they came to visit.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the school should contact the office on (01325) 380758.

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