Inside the inspirational school where children are taught to believe, achieve and succeed

Dedicated children and caring families are at the heart of an inspirational Redcar and Cleveland primary school named among the best in the country.

Newcomen Primary School in Redcar was ranked as one of the top 250 state primaries by the Sunday Times in its latest Parent Power guide.

The school on Trent Road – which is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted – was 146th overall and sixth in the North East.

The Sunday Times analysed performance in 2018’s SATS and looked closely at scores in three key areas: reading, GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) and maths.

Headteacher Kinga Pusztai said it was an “absolute honour” to be included.

“It is a testament to our vibrant mix of exceptional teachers, utterly devoted parents and carers, committed support staff and dedicated governors,” she said.

“However, it is the remarkable children that make this school such an extraordinary place. We provide every child with the highest standard of education because they deserve the very best and every opportunity to flourish in life.

“Our philosophy of ‘Believe, Achieve, Succeed’ is one that underpins everything that we do at Newcomen Primary School in Redcar and is a reflection of our outstanding academic success.”

Ms Pusztai praised deputy head Ed Jones and the rest of her team during a mini-tour of the school on Friday (22 November).

Visitors are greeted by a sculpture of school mascot Leonardo the lion above wording chosen by the pupils in English and Latin: ‘Together As One’.

Children are full of smiles as they walk back to classrooms through corridors decorated in the school colours of purple and yellow alongside warm feedback from parents.

Ms Pusztai stops enthusiastically to point out one message which reads: “The school gives each child confidence through praise and love. Thank you for caring for my most precious asset as if she was yours. I hope you know how grateful we are.”

Teachers and children at the school are fiercely proud of their local area and Mr Jones explains how learning includes acknowledging “our tiny place and the wider world”.

Identities and cultures of the whole school family are celebrated, with flags from countries around the globe on display.

Children are currently busy learning their roles for upcoming Christmas productions, where parents and carers will hear singing in German, French and Latin as well as English.

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council’s Interim Chief Education Officer Diane McConnell said the authority was “very proud” of the achievements of primary schools across the borough, where performance is significantly above national averages in several measures.

She added: “Newcomen Primary School has done exceptionally well and is an outstanding school within the borough.

“We are absolutely delighted the success of this school has been recognised nationally so the children can feel doubly proud of what they have achieved.

“The headteacher is a National Leader in Education and works very hard within Redcar and Cleveland and across the wider Tees Valley to share best practice and promote high standards for all our children.”