Birtley East Community Primary School

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Birtley East Community Primary School


Name Birtley East Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 April 2015
Address Highfield, Birtley, Chester le Street, County Durham, DH3 1QQ
Phone Number 01914102551
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 245 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.4
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 38.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.4%
Persisitent Absence 10.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those supported through the pupil premium funding, is considerably higher than average. This additional funding is allocated to support those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and pupils looked after by the local authority. The vast majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above the national average. Children attend the Nursery class part-time, for 15 hours per week. Children in the Reception Year attend full-time. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6. A breakfast club is provided each morning by a private provider. The work of this provision, which is registered through Ofsted, was not considered during this inspection and is subject to a separate inspection at a different time.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher has consistently high expectations of what all pupils can achieve and, ably supported by other leaders, has taken successful steps to improve school performance. Early years provision is good. It gives children a secure and happy start to school life. They make good progress from their starting points. Standards at the end of Years 2 and 6 have risen steadily since the last inspection and in 2014 were at least in line with the national average in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils’ progress is good and continues to improve. Pupils in Key Stage 1 and upper Key Stage 2 are well on their way towards the school’s end-of-year targets. This is because of actions taken by school leaders to ensure that teaching is good. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make at least good progress because their individual needs are met well. Staff provide a calm, orderly and positive learning environment that celebrates pupils’ successes. Strong, respectful relationships ensure that pupils get the most out of their lessons. The school’s family support worker is improving links between the school and families. Pupils are very proud of their school. They feel safe, behave well, give their best and value the opportunities they get to learn and play. Pupils display clear values of respect, honesty and open-mindedness. Their spiritual, moral, social and emotional development is developed through much of what they do in school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : While teaching in Years 3 and 4 is improving, not enough pupils in these year groups make fast enough progress. Teaching does not always provide these pupils with sufficient challenge to achieve well. Disadvantaged pupils in Years 2 and 6 do not perform quite as well as their classmates. Attendance is improving but remains below average.