A NORTH Tyne school is celebrating after securing its second ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating in a row.

Kielder First School was praised by the schools’ inspectorate for its pupil achievement, quality of teaching and leadership.

The headteacher Fay Hartland said: “We put the children at the heart of everything we do and it’s great to be rewarded for all our efforts.

“As we’re in such a rural location, it is our priority to make sure that all of our pupils are involved in as many activities as possible.” The inspection result was a welcome boost for the school after it received a ‘satisfactory’ rating in 2012.

However an inspection two years later saw the school improve to the highest level.

Mrs Hartland added: “The school couldn’t have achieved its outstanding status without the dedicate hard work of all the staff. The staff, pupils and local community all work so well together.”

The first school will convert to a primary in September along with neighbouring first schools Greenhaugh, Wark, Bellingham and Otterburn, and Mrs Hartland said the outstanding rating put them in a good position for the conversion.

The Ofsted report praised the staffing team for offering a varied and interesting curriculum and added: “The atmosphere around the school is exciting and purposeful. Pupils enjoy learning.”

The inspector added: “The walls of the school are enhanced by examples of pupils’ high quality work.”

Commenting on what the future held, Mrs Hartland said: “Moving forward with the new Ofsted framework, we’re looking forward to continue improving the quality of teaching and pupil experience.We were advised to further improve the opportunities for writing, and that’s something that we will take on board.”