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School Sets A Shining Example

A South Tyneside Infants' School has been named by the Government as a shining example of an excellent school.

Temple Park Infants in South Shields is the only school in the Borough to receive prestigious "Beacon Status" in the latest round to be announced by the DFES on Monday (27th May).

Beacon Schools are schools that have been identified as among the best performing in the country and represent examples of successful practice. They are expected to work in partnership with other schools to pass on their particular areas of expertise to help others reach the same high standards as themselves.

Councillor Ron Reynolds, Lead Member for Lifelong Learning and Leisure says: "The LEA is delighted that Beacon status has been awarded to Temple Park Infants. It is an excellent school which is consistently in the top ten per cent for reading, writing, spelling and maths. This award confirms that it is one of the best schools in the country and that the LEA's determination and commitment to improve standards at all schools in the Borough continues to go from strength to strength."

Head Teacher Cheryl Porter says: "We feel we have a lot to offer and many good practices to share. All of the staff work together as a magnificent team and we have had outstanding help from our governors, our parents but above all from our children. We can't wait to get started as we are full of enthusiasm and ideas to help others."

Chair of the school Governors Councillor Bill Brady adds: "I am exceptionally proud that the school has been chosen for Beacon Status. There has been so much talk about poor schools and falling standards so this tremendous accolade is a shining example of what we do achieve in South Tyneside. Temple Park Infants is an excellent school and this is a wonderful achievement by the Head teacher Cheryl Porter, all her staff, the children and their parents who want the best and are prepared to work hard to get it. Very well done to everyone."

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