Cragside CofE Controlled Primary School

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Cragside CofE Controlled Primary School


Name Cragside CofE Controlled Primary School
Website http://www.cragside.northumberland.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 May 2012
Address Westloch Road, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 6LW
Phone Number 01670714200
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 355 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.1
Local Authority Northumberland
Percentage Free School Meals 7.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.4%
Persisitent Absence 10.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 11%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Cragside is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The number of pupils on roll has increased since the previous inspection. Nearly all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the current floor standards, which relate to the government’s minimum expectations of pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the previous inspection, there has been a high level of mobility among staff. A private Early Years and Childcare setting operates from a building adjoining the school and is subject to a separate inspection. 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

Cragside is a good school. It is a happy and welcoming school with a positive ethos. As one pupil said, ‘The teachers are fun and they cheer you up when you are sad.’ It is not yet outstanding because most teaching is good, rather than excellent, and outdoor provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage requires further improvement. Achievement is good. Most children enter school in the Reception Year with skills that are below those expected for their age in their communication, language, and literacy, in problem solving and in personal skills. By the time they leave Year 6, their attainment is above average in English and average in mathematics. This represents good progress overall. The quality of teaching is good overall, with some that is outstanding. Strengths in lessons include clear explanations and good relationships. Teaching is stronger in reading and writing than it is in mathematics, which is why progress is less rapid in this subject. At times the slower pace of lessons means that pupils only make satisfactory progress. There is inconsistency in the marking and feedback to pupils to help them improve their work and in ensuring that pupils are clear about the next steps in their learning. Pupils’ behaviour is good and they have positive attitudes to learning. They are polite and courteous and say they feel safe in school. Attendance is above average. The leadership of teaching and management of performance are good. The headteacher has continued to drive forward improvements in the quality of teaching and has secured an effective and enthusiastic team of middle leaders who share the same vision for continued school improvement. The role of the governing body has developed since the previous inspection and it is now more involved in the work of the school and knowledgeable about strengths and areas for development of the school. .