Acre Rigg Infant School

Name Acre Rigg Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 May 2012
Address Acre Rigg Road, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 2DU
Phone Number 01915864437
Type Primary
Age Range 2-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 283 (46% boys 54% girls)
Local Authority Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 35.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about the school

This infant school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The very large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. The proportion of pupils who are disabled or who are supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school has Healthy School status. It holds the Basic Skills Quality Mark, the UNICEF Rights Respecting Award and is an Investor in People and Children. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is a good school. It has maintained its good provision over the past 10 years and continues to improve its performance at a good rate. Pupils’ behaviour and safety are outstanding. The school as a whole is not yet outstanding because pupils do not read as well as they write and Reception children and pupils in Years 1 and 2 do not always have enough opportunities to learn independently. Children make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Attainment is broadly in line with that expected nationally by the end of Key Stage 1 in reading, writing and mathematics, with pupils performing consistently better in writing than in reading. Pupils are well taught throughout their time in the school. Teachers use interactive technology exceptionally well to make learning enjoyable. Sometimes teachers expect pupils to sit and listen for a bit too long. This restricts the time pupils have to learn through finding out for themselves. Nursery children have a good balance of child-led and adult-directed activities but Reception children do not. Pupils are eager to learn and try their best in lessons. They are polite and friendly and play constructively at break and lunchtimes. The outstanding breakfast club contributes extremely well to the school’s happy learning environment. Pupils feel completely safe and have an advanced understanding of internet safety. The school runs smoothly because it is well led and managed. Members of the governing body are closely supportive. Self-evaluation is accurate and senior leaders know what to do to improve the school further. They lead and manage teaching effectively which ensures good practice across the school. The good curriculum is enhanced by regular enrichment activities that ensure pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.