Grange Park Primary School

Name Grange Park Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 18 October 2011
Address Swan Street, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 1EA
Phone Number 01915490707
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 226 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.7
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 34.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.8%
Persisitent Absence 16.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Most of the pupils who attend this average sized primary school are of White British heritage. A smaller than average proportion is from a minority ethnic background. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language, a tiny minority of whom are at the early stage of learning English. A much higher than average proportion is known to be eligible for free school meals. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is higher than average, but fewer than average have a statement of special educational needs. Pupils have access to a breakfast club and an after-school club run by the school. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Main findings

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make excellent progress because they are extremely well cared for and the teaching and curriculum are outstanding. Since the last inspection, extremely effective leadership and very accurate self-evaluation have led to extensive improvements in all aspects of its work. The relentless way in which the headteacher and senior leaders pursue excellence and improvement has an extremely positive impact on pupils’ outcomes while maintaining very high staff morale. Children have an excellent start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Throughout the school attainment has improved year-on-year because pupils’ learning and progress is outstanding. Parents and carers hold extremely positive views about the school. Staff are very proactive in involving parents and carers in their children’s education and the life of the school. High quality teaching, the rigorous tracking of pupils’ progress and the outstanding marking of pupils’ work ensure that all pupils make rapid strides in their learning. The rich curriculum, enhanced by excellent partnerships with outside providers, is used very effectively to motivate and inspire pupils to learn. The high quality care, guidance and support pupils receive plays a significant role in ensuring that safeguarding procedures are excellent, pupils feel exceptionally safe and their behaviour is exemplary. Although the school works very closely with outside agencies and families to ensure good attendance, there are still a small number of pupils who do not attend as often as they should. The school is a very harmonious and inclusive community. Pupils and staff get on extremely well together and the outstanding lessons are characterised by much good humour, mutual support and purposeful activities. Particularly strong are the quality of assessment and the marking of pupils’ work. Pupils have a strong knowledge of their targets for improvement to which they respond effectively. In school, pupils adopt healthy lifestyles and make an exceptionally positive contribution to the school and wider community because these aspects are built effectively into the high quality curriculum. Pupils get along exceedingly well together and they know right from wrong. They have a very good insight into their own and different cultures because : the curriculum caters for this exceptionally well. The highly effective staff team value every individual child and ensure that each one gets every opportunity to do their best. Staff constantly strive for excellence and their rigorous self-evaluation and meticulous planning for improvement have ensured that the school has made excellent progress since its last inspection. This, along with the drive and ambition of the headteacher and the senior leadership team, ensures that the school has an excellent capacity to maintain its outstanding performance and make further improvements. Governance is good but not all members of the governing body are as involved as they could be in evaluating and challenging the work of the school.