|Name||Larkspur Community Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||12 February 2019|
|Address||Beacon Lough East, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE9 6SS|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||119 (49% boys 51% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||12.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||57.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||10.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||25.2%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is well above average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is higher than the national average. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups and who speak English as an additional language is well below the national average.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The headteacher and other leaders, including governors, are highly ambitious and have a clear vision for the school. Their leadership has secured improvements in teaching and pupils’ outcomes since the previous inspection. Most pupils make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Teachers meet pupils’ needs well by regularly checking their understanding and learning. Leaders have refined the assessment information available and teachers now use it effectively to plan appropriate learning activities. Some pupils are set challenging tasks that make them think hard and extend learning effectively. However, this is not consistently the case, especially for the most able pupils. As a result, some do not reach the higher standards they are capable of. Most pupils attend well but a small group of pupils are regularly absent. Leaders’ effective monitoring of pupils’ outcomes in English and mathematics ensures that pupils achieve well. Actions are taken quickly to support any pupils who fall behind. Monitoring is not as rigorous in other curriculum subjects. Governors have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development. They are very committed to providing a high-quality learning resource for the local community. Thoughtful, high-quality care contributes much to the happy and harmonious school atmosphere. As a result, pupils feel safe and secure. As a result of good teaching and effective support, children in the early years make good progress. By the end of Reception, the large majority are ready for learning in Year 1. Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are good. Pupils are polite and courteous to each other and to adults and have positive attitudes to learning.