Easington Colliery Primary School


Name Easington Colliery Primary School
Website http://www.easingtoncolliery.durham.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 September 2014
Address Whickham Street, Easington Colliery, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 3DJ
Phone Number 01915270293
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 521 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.4
Percentage Free School Meals 25.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.5%

Information about this school

This school is very much larger than the average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for the pupil premium is well-above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportions of pupils supported at school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are well-above average. There are breakfast, lunch-time and after-school clubs run by school staff and external coaches. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment in English and mathematics. The school’s Guidance & Learning Centre provides short-term provision for pupils from 13 local primary schools who may be at risk of permanent exclusion, or where serious incidents have occurred. In Easington Colliery Primary School, it is used to offer those pupils who find good behaviour difficult, respite and advice on how to behave well.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement is good and overall they make good progress. Pupils with special educational needs make excellent progress. Standards have risen in the Reception Year, Year 2 and Year 6. Teaching is good. It has improved rapidly and continues to do so. It is outstanding for pupils with special educational needs and occasionally in phonics and writing. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They care extremely well for one another and say they feel very safe. Attendance has improved and is average. The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. Procedures to ensure that this is the case are exceptionally well managed. The school offers exceptionally sensitive care and support and provides extremely well for pupils’ well-developed spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness and their understanding of British values. The headteacher and the governing body have ensured the school has improved rapidly. They have a very clear understanding of the school’s strengths and relative weaknesses. They have clear systems to check how well the school is doing. Leaders have put plans in place which have resulted in improved behaviour and teaching and ensured pupils make good progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The gap between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils in the school remains wide. The school does not make the most of opportunities to share the outstanding practice that exists in school. There is not enough focus on ensuring pupils use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately in their writing. Occasionally, work in mathematics is not well planned to meet the needs of all groups of pupils and misunderstandings are not picked up quickly enough. Targets for pupils’ progress in the school’s plan for the future and for teachers’ performance are not rigorous enough to ensure pupils make outstanding progress.