New Silksworth Academy Junior

Name New Silksworth Academy Junior
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 June 2019
Address Blind Lane, New Silksworth, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR3 1AS
Phone Number 01915000015
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 234 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.6
Academy Sponsor Extol Academy Trust
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 30.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 10.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is an averaged-sized junior school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is above average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is similar to the national average. Most pupils are of White British background. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language are well below average. The headteacher is also headteacher of New Silksworth Academy Infant. The school became part of the Extol Academy Trust in September 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school As a result of the determination and vision of the headteacher, ably supported by senior leaders and the governing body, the school has improved a great deal since becoming an academy. Together with continuously improving middle leadership, leaders ensure that pupils achieve well. Teachers meet pupils’ needs well by regularly checking their understanding and learning. They use a range of assessment information to plan appropriate learning activities. They swiftly address misconceptions to enable pupils to achieve well. The majority of pupils make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Leaders recognise that the most able pupils could receive more challenge to make better progress. Pupils’ conduct around school is good. They are well cared for by staff and report that they feel safe in school and that staff keep them safe. Leaders’ effective monitoring of pupils’ outcomes in English and mathematics is ensuring that pupils make good progress. This is because leaders take swift action to support pupils who fall behind. Monitoring is not as rigorous in other curriculum areas. 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 well to the happy and harmonious school atmosphere. As a result, pupils feel safe and secure. Staff promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development well through the wide and varied range of curriculum experiences, both in and out of school. 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.