Glynwood Community Primary School


Name Glynwood Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 June 2013
Address Glynwood Gardens, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE9 5SY
Phone Number 01914334117
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 416 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.8
Percentage Free School Meals 22.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.6%

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children that are looked after, is above average. The large majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above average. Their needs mainly relate to speech, language and communication difficulties. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school exceeds the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Mobility of pupils in and out of the school at other than usual times is average. Since the last inspection the support base for pupils with moderate learning difficulties funded by the local authority has closed. An early morning breakfast club run by the school is available for pupils to attend. The school holds awards for: Gateshead Healthy Schools, Gateshead Disability Awareness and the Basic Skills Quality Mark.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. From their individual starting points, pupils make outstanding progress across the school and now leave with attainment above that expected for their age. The higher than average proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium progress extremely well and outperform this group nationally. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs also make very good progress in line with other pupils. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Pupils are friendly and extremely polite. They are taught from Nursery to behave well and respect others. From responses to surveys and through discussions, parents think very highly of the school. This view is reflected in discussions held with pupils. Teaching is consistently good with much that is outstanding. Pupils are fully engaged in their learning because of the wide range of experiences that they are introduced to through an exciting curriculum. Pupils’ attitudes towards school work are exemplary. Teachers have high expectations and pupils rise to the challenges set for them. Pupils are set work at the correct levels and are challenged to succeed. Mostly lessons proceed at a brisk pace. Occasionally, teachers spend too long at the start of lessons explaining things which can limit the time pupils have to show what they can do and stops them being more actively involved in learning for themselves. Teaching assistants are highly trained and work exceedingly well in lessons to support children of different abilities. They play an important role in ensuring that pupils eligible for the pupil premium and those with disabilities or special educational needs progress in line with other students. Leadership and governance are outstanding because of the strong and highly effective commitment to continually drive improvement. Responsibilities are very skilfully delegated so that all teachers have a role to play in the development of the school.