High Spen Primary School


Name High Spen Primary School
Website http://highspenprimary.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 February 2012
Address Hugar Road, High Spen, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE39 2BQ
Phone Number 01207542373
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 190 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.8
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 22.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.2%
Persisitent Absence 16.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

High Spen Primary School is a smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage, with very few at the early stage of learning English. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is average, including those at school action plus and those with a statement of special educational needs. The recently opened Hearing Impairment Unit, HI ARMS, has one pupil attending. The school meets the current floor standard. The school has achieved the Eco Schools Bronze Award, Healthy Schools status, and the Basic Skills Quality Mark. A new headteacher and deputy headteacher were appointed in September 2011, along with the appointment of new teaching staff and significant changes in staff roles and responsibilities. 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

¦ High Spen Primary School is a good school. Pupils enjoy their experiences in a safe and happy environment where they are cared for exceptionally well. Parents and carers endorse this judgement. The newly appointed senior team provides determined leadership focused on raising standards. The school is not outstanding because, although teaching is good, teachers’ use of pupil information to provide activities that match the age and abilities of all varies. This leads to some unevenness in promoting English skills. ¦ Achievement of all groups of pupils is good. Children make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage from their individual starting points. They maintain this good progress and leave school with overall average attainment in English and above average in mathematics. An increasing proportion attains the higher levels in writing. ¦ In the outstanding lessons observed, teaching captured the pupils’ enthusiasm and constantly challenged their thinking and understanding. A strength was the support pupils received to improve their work through individual targets and quality feedback. Best practice in teaching is not yet shared effectively to improve pace and challenge in all lessons. ¦ Pupils’ behaviour is good. Their positive attitudes contribute well to their learning. They are clear about what is acceptable and show respect to each other in and around the school. Pupils have a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe in various situations. ¦ Leadership and management are good. The new headteacher is building an effective team of senior leaders who share his vision to improve the school. Systems to assess and monitor pupils’ progress have sharpened and identify quickly those pupils in need of additional support. Teaching is well led. Partnerships with the local community are outstanding. Accurate self-evaluation informs current actions to raise attainment.