A PRIMARY school is trying to publicise itself in the hopes of attracting more pupils.

Belsay Primary School, which is part of the Pele Trust, a family of schools working together across Northumberland and North Tyneside, is celebrating various successes since its new headteacher was appointed.

Craig Shaw was appointed in September 2023 and the school has since been rated as good overall by Ofsted and achieved 'fantastic results' in a phonics screening check.

Hexham Courant: The primary school has been rated as good by Ofsted The primary school has been rated as good by Ofsted (Image: Belsay Primary School)

The school was congratulated by Damian Hinds, minister for schools, for its success in the 2023 Phonics Screening Check.

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Mr Shaw said: "We recently received some fantastic results for the 2023 Phonics Screening Check, 100 per cent of our pupils in year 1 met the expected standard in the check which has put Belsay in the top one per cent of all primary schools in the country for phonics. This is an exceptional achievement and a testament to how hard all the children, teachers and parents have worked together."

"Working in a small rural school naturally you've got your challenges, we've got 83 children here so we're not as small as some rural schools. Everyone comes together in a collaborative manner which makes it really special here, and we're blessed with the staff we've got that everyone pitches in. 

"We're trying to publicise the school because we have space and capacity here to take on children, so if you'd like to come and see for yourself, feel free to get in contact and look around the school."