Evergreen Primary School


Name Evergreen Primary School
Website http://www.evergreen.durham.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 January 2013
Address Warwick Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6LS
Phone Number 01388459721
Type Special
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 192 (70% boys 30% girls)
Local Authority Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 50.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.6%

Information about this school

Evergreen Primary is a community special school. Pupils attend between the ages of two and 11 and have a range of difficulties which affect their ability to learn. Approximately 40% of pupils have a diagnosis of ASD and a further 10% have profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). The majority of pupils who attend are from the Bishop Auckland and Durham area. A small number come from neighbouring authorities. Since the last inspection, there have been changes to the leadership team and currently, the headteacher is supported by an acting deputy headteacher. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage with just a small number from other ethnic backgrounds. An average number of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in the care of the local authority and those from service families. All pupils who attend have a statement of special educational needs. The school has a number of accreditations including Investors in Children, Healthy School status, Unicef Rights and Responsibilities Award and most recently, the National Science Award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement is good. Many pupils arrive in school at times other than the start of the academic year from a variety of different settings. Despite this, once they settle into the routines of school they achieve well academically, socially and emotionally. Teaching is good as is the care and support offered by staff. Staff make learning fun and in the majority of lessons staff support pupils’ learning needs well. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, staff are skilled at providing a good range of experiences and activities which enable children to achieve well. Pupils behave well despite the problems that some face. This is because well-established routines to manage behaviour are adhered to by all staff. As a result, the majority of pupils feel safe and are caring and polite. Those with communication difficulties, particularly those with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), are well supported to improve their ability to manage their behaviour. Despite a period of turbulence for the school’s leadership team since the last inspection, senior leaders, managers and governors have sustained the quality of teaching and pupils’ good achievement. This demonstrates the school’s continuing ability to improve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a small number of lessons, particularly in Key Stage 2, teachers’ planning does not take into account the needs of all pupils and the work set does not match pupils’ abilities sufficiently well and learning slows. Teachers’ marking is not yet consistently helpful and as a result, pupils are not always clear about how to improve their work.