A popular junior school in South Shields has received an excellent report from Ofsted inspectors who have praised every aspect of it.
They say Mowbray JMI "fully deserves its popularity as it pursues excellence in every aspect of its work." Praise is handed out to the head teacher, teachers and children for high standards and exemplary behaviour. The report Ofsted adds: "In short, this is a very good school."
Standards in all subjects are well above average and in science were in the top five per cent of all schools nationally. As a result pupils achieve very well academically, personally and socially.
Teaching is "very good" and there is a strong work ethic in every classroom. The teachers oversee "exemplary behaviour and have delightful relationships with pupils." The inspectors found that the dedicated and talented teaching and non-teaching staff consistently work to a high standard."
Pupils of all abilities are catered for with precision and attention to detail. The sporting opportunities outside lessons are "exceptionally good" and there are many extra-curricular activities on offer.
The children received high praise from the inspectors who called them "polite, courteous and co-operative". Behaviour is described as "exemplary", attendance is good and there is no unauthorised attendance or exclusions. The report says by the time the 425 pupils transfer to secondary school they are "mature, responsible young citizens."
Head teacher John Pattinson and his Senior staff are said to manage the school "very well." They successfully work towards their goals by paying attention to fine detail. The school provides a "very good level of care, establishing a warm and secure environment where pupils can learn and develop."
Governors are described as "working conscientiously" on behalf of the school and they provide support and advice to the headteacher.
During the inspection process the team met parents and asked them for their views. Parents say their children like school and make good progress; they are happy with the quality of teaching; the staff and headteacher are approachable and the school is helping their children to became mature and responsible.
Mr Pattinson said: "Excellence is a keyword of the school. Staff and children and the Ofsted report has recognised this principle. As Head teacher I couldn't wish for a more supportive and dedicated staff. Without their help, Mowbray Juniors would not be the effective and dynamic school for which it is known. It is successful because of teamwork, enthusiasm and commitment by all. Children have made a positive contribution to this successful and excellent report and for that, I am extremely proud."
Alan West, Chair of Governors adds: "This glowing report is a pleasure to read and is a real tribute to the commitment and hard work by teaching and non-teaching staff of the school. It certainly augers well for the transition to the new school next year."