Children adore learning at ‘Outstanding’ primary school in Seaham

Oct 4, 2023

Children love their primary school and “find every opportunity to share this love with visitors” – and it’s easy to see why.

St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Catholic Schools Inspectorate (CSI).

“The commitment and pride shown by all pupils in belonging to the school is a strength; their behaviour is exemplary, and the respect and care shown for all is outstanding,” said CSI lead inspector Elaine White in her report.

“Pupils achieve well in religious education, making very good progress as they journey through the school, leading to excellent outcomes. They are developing into religiously literate young people as is clearly evidenced by their discussions in class. Pupils talk confidently about their learning, using religious vocabulary accurately.

“Pupils enjoy lessons; they engage fully, and they participate with enthusiasm. They demonstrate a real commitment to learning, and a desire not only to deepen their knowledge and understanding, but also to link their learning with their daily lives.

“Teachers plan lessons that are creative, engaging and which build upon prior learning and achievement. They have high expectations of their pupils and are skilled in checking understanding and addressing any misconceptions quickly and effectively.”

Leadership at the school on Mill Road in Seaham was also highlighted as a strength in the report.

“Leaders share a common vision for the school; they are highly ambitious, and totally dedicated to ensuring that all pupils experience an enriching Catholic education that provides excellent formation,” continued the report.

“They are relentless in their drive for St Cuthbert’s to be a beacon of Catholic life and mission and have clear action plans and strategies that continue to drive improvement. Leaders are highly committed to ensuring staff receive high quality training so that the Catholic life and mission of the school is always consistently strong.”

Headteacher Nicola Noble said: “We are so proud of our school community and are delighted that the inspectors recognised the many opportunities our pupils have and the commitment of our staff. 

“However, St Cuthbert’s would not be the place it is without the wonderful relationships we have with our families, parish and governors and most importantly, our unique and talented pupils who show us every day that they live out our Christian faith with joy and commitment.” 

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