|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|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||299 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||23.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||39.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.3%|
|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.