|Name||Biddick Hall Infants’ School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||19 June 2013|
|Address||Galsworthy Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 9JD|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Local Authority||South Tyneside|
|Percentage Free School Meals||46.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||25.1%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is of average size. Most pupils are White British. There are very few pupils from minority ethnic groups. There is a well-above-average proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium (the pupil premium is the additional funding provided by the government to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care and the children of service families). Pupils supported by school action, school action plus or a statement of special educational needs make up above-average proportions of the school roll. The school provides a breakfast club and an after-school club. A few pupils receive specialist education at the local authority assessment unit.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils achieve well, especially in reading, writing and the use of computers. There is an outstanding atmosphere for learning throughout the school. When pupils do not make the expected progress in reading the school provides very effective teaching to help them catch up. Consistently good and sometimes exceptional teaching enables pupils to make good progress between Nursery and Year 2. The school consistently provides outstanding guidance and support to parents and their children. Pupils really enjoy school, behave exceptionally well and display excellent attitudes to learning. They are eager to participate in the excellent range of activities that teachers prepare for them. Attendance has improved substantially in response to the school’s very effective monitoring procedures but it is still just below average. Good leadership and management at all levels, including governance, ensure that pupils consistently receive good-quality education and achieve well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although teaching is at least good overall, there is insufficient outstanding classroom practice to lift pupils’ progress to the highest levels. The marking of pupils’ work requires improvement. Annual planning for improvement is good but lacks easily measurable numerical targets and timescales, especially for further raising the quality of teaching.