Headteacher's joy as 'once in a lifetime' Middlesbrough school handed 'outstanding' Ofsted rating

A Middlesbrough primary school has been rated as "outstanding" by Ofsted.

Linthorpe Community Primary School has been described as "inspirational and thriving" in it's latest report, which says "magical habits" at the primary encapsulate the school's values.

School inspectors said that staff teach pupils to develop "life skills" such as ambition; independence and leadership. Teachers were found "to be proud to work at the school".

Inspectors spent two days at the Roman Road school, on March 12 and 13. Their report found that "pupils love coming to school" and attendance rates are high.

All categories of the inspection rated Linthorpe Community Primary as "outstanding". The five areas are:

  • Quality of education

  • Behaviour and attitudes

  • Personal development

  • Leadership and management

  • Early years provision

Pupils described coming to their school as a "once in a lifetime opportunity" and the inspection highlighted areas such as cycling - where the school bought bikes for pupils and they were taught how to cycle safely. The initiative was aimed at helping those children who do not have safe outdoor play spaces at home. The school has 723 pupils and was previously rated as "good" by Ofsted.

After the report was published, headteacher Grace Mitchell, said: “As an ‘inspirational and thriving school’, we are committed to enhancing the lives of the vibrant and diverse Linthorpe community we serve. To hear that the children ‘love coming to school’ and that they describe LCPS as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ completely fulfils our moral purpose.

"The outcome of this inspection is testament to the sheer hard work, dedication, expertise and relentless drive for improvement at LCPS, which is consistently demonstrated by our wonderful staff team. ourselves on. I am delighted that our staff, pupils and their families received the Outstanding recognition they truly deserve.”

The school is part of The Legacy Learning Trust. The trust's CEO Sarah Lymer said: “I am exceptionally proud of the whole school community. This inspection was an incredibly rigorous process against a challenging framework and to know the inspection team could leave us without any development points and judge the school to be outstanding in all areas is praise indeed for the work of the hardworking staff, parents and pupils under the expert leadership of the Headteacher, Grace Mitchell."

Other academies in the trust include Acklam Grange School and Abingdon Primary School.