Eslington Primary School

Name Eslington Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 14 March 2017
Address Hazel Road, Gateshead, NE8 2EP
Phone Number 01914334131
Type Special
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 63 (92% boys 8% girls)
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 47.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.6%
Persisitent Absence 5.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Eslington is a small special school for primary-aged pupils. It provides education for pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The majority of pupils have additional special educational needs and/or disabilities. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. The pupil population has virtually doubled since the last inspection. An additional site has been developed on Rose Street. Pupils are based in one of the schools but share facilities and attend each site regularly. Although the school is registered for pupils aged from four to 11 years, no pupils are below statutory school age. The youngest pupils are of the age to attend Year 1. Nearly three quarters of the pupils are known to be entitled to pupil premium funding. This is much higher than that found nationally. Most pupils join the school following a referral to the local authority. They join at times other than the usual transitions from early years or key stage 1. Over half of the current group of pupils arrived during or after Year 3 and a significant minority in Year 6. Many of the pupils have had significant disruption to their education prior to their arrival at Eslington. Since the last inspection, the headteacher has become an executive headteacher of this school and Furrowfield School, a secondary special school for pupils with social, emotional or mental health difficulties. The acting headteacher in post at the time of the last inspection is now the head of school. The school has developed an informal federation with Furrowfield. Plans are afoot to formalise the arrangements in September 2017.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Determined, visionary leadership has sustained the strengths noted at the time of the previous inspection and driven further improvement in all aspects of the school’s work. Consequently, pupils thrive and make great progress in their learning, behaviour and in their social and emotional development. Highly analytical and reflective leaders leave no stone unturned in identifying and then tackling things that are not as strong as they should be. For example, strident action is taken to ensure that all teaching is as good as the best. Weaknesses in writing last year have been sorted out quickly by the improved, whole-school approach. Teachers and staff are highly trained in order to identify and then meet the complex needs of their pupils, many of whom are in-year admissions. Pupils settle in quickly and readily embrace the school’s rules, the four R’s (respect, ready to learn, responsibility and resilience). Thorough assessments of pupils’ abilities and personal qualities on entry into school and regular assessments of pupils’ work enable teachers to provide personalised plans for all pupils. Specific targets are set to tackle previous barriers or gaps in pupils’ knowledge and understanding and ensure that pupils succeed in their learning. This is because : leaders make certain that the additional funding for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is very well spent. Disadvantaged pupils and pupils who are looked after by the local authority achieve as well as their peers. This is due to the personalised approach to meeting their needs, teachers’ high expectations and the ‘can-do’ attitude that permeates the school. Pupils are safe and secure in this nurturing school. They speak movingly of the tangible improvements in their learning, behaviour, confidence and self-esteem. They say that staff at Eslington care for them and they ‘are the best’. Pupils’ enjoyment of school can be seen in the transformation of their attendance rates, which are above average. Pupils recuperate quickly from their previous unsatisfactory school experiences and move on very well in all aspects of their learning and development. They benefit from a rich curriculum that also focuses on improving their basic skills rapidly. Pupils are well prepared for the next steps in their education and to be responsible citizens in modern Britain today. Governors share leaders’ passion to do the best for their pupils. They know the school well and challenge leaders robustly about the impact of their work. They regularly check the progress of individual pupils, disadvantaged pupils and those looked after by the local authority. Action is being taken to enable them to check the progress of different year groups more easily.