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Saturday 17th May 2014 @ 09:00 by Anna Fletcher
News Stalybridge
Silver Springs

The first primary school in Tameside to become an academy has been rated ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features just two years after opening its doors.

Silver Springs Academy in Stalybridge received a glowing report in its first inspection with Ofsted rating leadership and management as well as measures to safeguard pupils at the school all ‘outstanding.’

Principal Deborah Mason said: “We’ve improved the quality of teaching and learning across the school and that was recognised in the inspection.

“The focus was really on core skills so that they have what they need to be able to cope with all the demands of a secondary school.

“These Year Sixes, I know for a fact, are better prepared for secondary school and each year is the same, they’ve been getting better and better.”

The report recognises the continued improvement on performance at the school since it changed from Ridge Hill Primary and Nursery to an academy under the new name in April, 2012.

Ridge Hill was placed in special measures late in 2009 and emerged from the Ofsted category two years later as satisfactory.

The school’s transformation has continued on in the past two years and in the latest report pupil’s achievement was rated as ‘good and rapidly improving’.

More on this story in this week’s (15th May) Tameside Reporter.