Heddon-On-the-Wall, St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School

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Heddon-On-the-Wall, St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School


Name Heddon-On-the-Wall, St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.heddon-school.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 22 May 2012
Address Trajan Walk, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, NE15 0BJ
Phone Number 01661853350
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 196 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.9
Academy Sponsor Pele Trust
Local Authority Northumberland
Percentage Free School Meals 4.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 5.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

The school is smaller than most primary schools. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well below average. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is low. Since the previous inspection, a new headteacher, senior leadership team and Chair of the Governing Body have been appointed. An on-site before- and after-school club is run by a private provider and is inspected separately by Ofsted. 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

Key Findings

¦ St Andrew’s is a good school. Parents and carers are very happy to send their children there. They appreciate its welcoming and friendly atmosphere and the care staff take to promote pupils’ good academic progress and effective personal development. Outstanding features include the provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage, the imaginative curriculum, and the meticulous way that pupils’ progress is assessed and monitored. The school aims for excellence but is not yet outstanding because of some shortcomings in the teaching and in pupils’ achievement in literacy. ¦ Attainment is above average. Pupils make good progress. They have positive attitudes to learning, enjoy being in school and achieve well. Nonetheless, some of the younger pupils, mainly boys, find reading difficult and pupils’ written work is sometimes marred by immature handwriting and technical errors. ¦ The new leadership team has inspired continuous improvements in the quality of teaching. Lessons are characterised by their efficient organisation, their varied and interesting activities, and the ingenious ways in which different subjects are linked together. Occasionally, teachers do not explain the work clearly enough and pupils’ progress slows. ¦ Pupils behave well and are safe in school. They have positive attitudes to learning. Pupils are courteous and confident when speaking to adults and for the most part show each other respect and friendship. They report that there is very little bullying. ¦ Leadership and management are good. The school has improved markedly since its previous inspection. The headteacher leads a committed and enthusiastic staff effectively and manages their performance well. .