Glendale Middle School

Name Glendale Middle School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 February 2015
Address 15 Brewery Lane, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6QF
Phone Number 01668281470
Type Secondary
Age Range 9-13
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 115 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.3
Local Authority Northumberland
Percentage Free School Meals 13.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized middle school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those eligible for the pupil premium, is below average. The pupil premium provides additional funds for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and for pupils looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is average. The vast majority of pupils are from White British heritage. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The school met the government’s current floor standards in 2014. These are minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6. The governing body is working with the governors from Wooler First School to establish a single, federated governing body with one headteacher leading both schools. A new headteacher was appointed to lead both schools in September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The vast majority of pupils make good progress and achieve well. All pupils are eager to learn and work hard in lessons because they are keen to do well. Standards in mathematics are above the national average in Year 6 and above the level expected for pupils in Year 8. A good proportion of pupils make outstanding progress in the subject. Teaching is good. Teachers know their pupils well and plan activities that engage their interest and are well matched to their needs. This helps pupils become successful learners and motivates them to work hard. Pupils’ excellent behaviour makes this a very happy, welcoming school where everyone feels valued. Pupils show high levels of respect for themselves and their teachers. Older pupils are excellent role models for younger ones in the way they take responsibility for helping the school run smoothly, as well as in their caring and friendly conduct around the school. Excellent pastoral care from staff creates a safe, secure environment where pupils are able to flourish. Pupils say they feel safe and know that any member of staff would help them if they had a problem. The rich curriculum gives pupils many exciting and memorable learning experiences in and out of school. This provides excellent support for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The headteacher has moved quickly to establish productive links with the local First School. His aim, to share good practice between the schools, is being realised. He and senior leaders have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and what needs to improve to build on the school’s already outstanding features. Governors are well informed about teaching, learning and how well pupils achieve. They are passionate about making the school the best it can be so that it fully serves the local community. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality and impact of middle leadership is inconsistent. Some recently appointed middle leaders have not yet had training to fully discharge their role, so they are not as effective as they might be. A small number of pupils in each year group do not make enough progress in their reading and writing skills. The assessment of their skills, when they join the school, has not been accurate enough.