Easington Lane Primary School

Name Easington Lane Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 February 2014
Address High Street, Easington Lane, Houghton le Spring, Tyne and Wear, DH5 0JT
Phone Number 01915171700
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 299 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.8
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 39.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.3%
Persisitent Absence 8.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Easington Lane is an average-sized primary school serving a former mining community to the south-west of Sunderland. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage and a small proportion is from minority ethnic backgrounds. A very small proportion speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is much higher than average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also much higher than average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, including those known to be eligible for free school meals, is well above the national average. (The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and children who are looked after by the local authority.) The school has the Artsmark, International School, Enhanced Healthy Schools and Foundation Stage positive behaviour charter mark accreditations. The school extends its services in that it provides a breakfast club. There is an on-site nursery called Little Legs, which is inspected independently and was not part of this inspection. There have been changes to the leadership team and to governors, including a new Chair of the Governing Body, since the last inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children develop well in the Early Years Foundation Stage. It provides a good basis to their school life and for future learning. The standards pupils reached in Key Stage 1 last year were the highest in the school in four years. Pupils build on the good learning skills established in the Early Years Foundation Stage. In Key Stage 2, pupils continue to achieve well and reach national-average standards in reading, writing and mathematics from their individual and frequently low starting points. All pupil groups make good progress in their reading, writing and mathematics, including the most able and those with a disability or special educational needs. Teaching is usually good and there is some outstanding teaching. Pupils’ behaviour is good and their attitudes to learning are positive. They respond well to their teachers and to the other adults who work in the school. The headteacher provides strong and focused leadership. She shares with the senior leaders and governors a strong commitment to ensuring pupils do the very best that they can. There is a strong and clear drive to continually improve the school and this can be seen in the fact that pupils are doing better now than in previous years. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding and a small proportion requires improvement. Teachers do not always make effective use of support staff. Some teaching assistants are not as skilled as others in supporting the learning needs of all pupil groups.