|Name||Crookhill Community Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||17 October 2012|
|Address||Hexham Old Road, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, NE40 3ES|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||193 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||22.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||15.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
In this smaller-than-average-sized primary school the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above the national average. There are few pupils on roll from minority ethnic groups and the proportion who speak English as an additional language is low. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is average. Their needs mainly relate to moderate learning difficulties. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also average. The school meets the current floor standards, which set the government’s minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the appointment of the present headteacher in 2010 there have been a number of staffing changes. The school building has undergone a radical renovation to improve facilities. Independent care and education, for children aged three, is provided by Crookhill Early Years. The Gap provides care, before and after school, for primary-aged pupils. Both facilities are located on the school site. They did not form part of this inspection and are subject to a separate inspection process. The school holds awards for Artsmark Gold, Forest Schools and International Schools, and holds the Basic Skills Quality Mark and Healthy School status.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Leadership and management are highly effective. All aspects of the school’s work are very carefully checked, including the progress pupils make. School leaders use this information to identify exactly the right actions to take to improve the school further. Very effective training and management of staff performance since the last inspection have resulted in teaching which is good, with some that is outstanding. This good teaching, together with a good curriculum, successfully holds pupils’ interest and means they have very good attitudes to learning. Pupils achieve well in English and mathematics. Since the previous inspection attainment in English and mathematics has improved significantly and now matches the standards expected of pupils nationally. Pupils enjoy school. They get on very well with their teachers and each other and their behaviour is outstanding. This has a very positive effect on their learning and progress in lessons. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding so as to enable all groups of pupils, but especially on occasions more-able pupils, to make even more rapid progress, particularly in mathematics and writing. There are not enough opportunities for pupils to practise their reading, writing and mathematical skills through the work they do in other subjects to help them do even better. Not all marking gives pupils clear guidance about how to improve their work and what they need to learn next.