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South Shields school celebrates improvement

Ridgeway Primary Academy is the most improved mainstream primary school in the country Photo: ITV Tyne Tees
Ridgeway Primary Academy is the most improved mainstream primary school in the country Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A South Tyneside school which was judged to be failing only a few years ago is now one of the most improved in the country.

Ridgeway Primary Academy, in South Shields, is the most improved mainstream school for writing.

With writing, reading and maths combined it is the 13th most improved out of 21,000 schools nationwide.

Head Teacher, Michael McCarthy says the improvements reflect the dedication of staff, pupils and parents.

It's a huge boost for everybody here, the school's been through a lot over the years and it's a pat on the back for everybody for the hard work and dedication from the pupils first and foremost right the way through.

– Michael McCarthy, Head Teacher

The school, which had been judged to be failing by Ofsted, became an academy sponsored by South Tyneside College in 2013.

In December Ofsted revisited Ridgeway and praised the school, calling the improvements, 'dramatic' and rating it as Good.

See how the school has achieved this turnaround here: