A TYNE Valley school is celebrating after receiving a "good" rating in a recent Ofsted inspection.

Prudhoe Castle First School was rated good in all the categories assessed by the education watchdog following an inspection in May.

The categories include outcomes for pupils and quality of teaching.

It's a step-up for the school, which was rated as "requires improvement" in its last inspection two years ago.

The report praised the work of school leaders, as well as governors and pupils.

It reads: "This is a good school. The headteacher and other leaders, including governors, are highly ambitious and have a clear vision for the school.

Governors consistently challenge the school and hold all leaders to account for pupils’ outcomes. They know the school very well.

"The work of the school around personal development and welfare is outstanding.

"Pupils behave extremely well, both in their lessons and at other times of the day. Pupils are respectful towards each other. Instances of bullying are very rare."

The inspection result is a big boost for new headteacher Katie Newton, who took the reigns just fifteen days before the inspectors announced they would be visiting the school.

Katie said: "We're over the moon. Our previous headteacher left just after Easter and then I was appointed literally 15 days before we got the Ofsted phone call.

"It was a bit of a baptism of fire! But the report sums up our school really well.

"You get into teaching to improve the outcomes for pupils. All the staff are aware of what the outcomes are going to be, and we know what the school is.

"It's a testament to our parents, our pupils, and our staff. This school has been through the mill and we've had to fight and fight to show that we're a hidden gem in Prudhoe."