|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|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||245 (49% boys 51% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||23.4|
|Percentage Free School Meals||38.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||9.4%|
|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.