Barnes Rd, Murton, Co. Durham SR7 9QR 0191 517 5900


OFSTED is part of the government and is responsible for monitoring the quality of education and child care in England and Wales, and is actually called the Office for Standards in Education. (Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own systems)

For schools, OFSTED inspectors visit every 5 or 6 years, depending on their judgement of the school’s quality in the previous inspection, but unhelpfully the criteria they use and the frequency of visits does change. The most recent changes came into effect in September 2009.

The inspection is based on assessment results from Year 2 and 6 over the past 3 years and the findings of a 1 day visit by inspectors. The judgements made by both school and the inspectors are Outstanding (1), Good (2), Requires Improvement (3) and Inadequate (4).

Our last inspection was in October 2017, when the school was judged to be Good overall.

Some comments from the report:

The governing body knows the school and local community very well. Governors evaluate the impact of leaders’ actions and provide challenge that helps ensure the school keeps on track.

Parents are confident that their children are happy, safe and well taught.

Staff and governors take safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. There is a culture of safeguarding at the school. Pupils feel safe and know how to stay safe.

Children in Ribbon Early Years get off to a flying start at school.

Expectations for pupils have a special educational need and/or disabilities are high.

Links to our most recent OFSTED report, and previous reports, can be found by clicking the links below. Further information can be sourced from the OFSTED website.

Downloadable documents

Letter to Parents

School inspections - a guide to parents

Ofsted Report 2010

OFSTED Report 2013

Ofsted inspection Letter - Oct 2017