New York Primary School

Name New York Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 15 May 2013
Address Lanark Close, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE29 8DP
Phone Number 01912006338
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 361 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.5
Local Authority North Tyneside
Percentage Free School Meals 25.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.1%
Persisitent Absence 10.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

New York is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is three times the national average. Currently, an above average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for pupil premium funding (which is provided by the government to support the learning of pupils who are entitled to free school meals, in the care of the local authority or the children of members of the armed forces). The large majority of pupils are White British. A few are from minority ethnic groups with a very few at an early stage of learning to speak English. A higher-than-average and an increasing proportion of pupils join or leave the school at other than the normal time. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school extends its services in that it provides a breakfast club each day. The on-site children’s centre provision, not managed by the governing body, is subject to a separate inspection and will receive its own inspection report. The headteacher is a recognised National Leader of Education and the school designated as a National Support School.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make rapid and sustained progress from their often very low starting points. As a result, their achievement is outstanding. Teaching is outstanding, because staff make relentless efforts to maintain a high quality of learning in all lessons. High expectations of what each pupil can achieve are a feature of all lessons. Teachers know precisely how to match work in order to challenge each pupil to achieve their best. Classroom support, in and out of lessons, is highly skilled and effective. This enables pupils with specific needs or who are learning English as an additional language to make the same rapid progress as their classmates. Pupils behave extremely well and feel very safe. The pupils’ remark, ‘we are always up for a challenge’, sums up their high levels of commitment and energy in lessons. Their enjoyment of school is obvious and echoed in their high attendance rates. The excellent curriculum meets pupils’ needs exceptionally well. The school takes every opportunity to add to their experiences, raise aspirations and boost their self-confidence. The passion, drive and forward-thinking of the headteacher are shared by all staff. Together, they have taken highly effective action to improve literacy skills. As a result, reading and writing skills have continued to improve at a fast pace, since the previous inspection. Systems for checking school performance are very effective. This allows teachers to judge accurately each pupil’s development. Teaching is exceptionally well led and managed. Staff skills are constantly nurtured and advanced. Challenging each pupil to achieve their best and intervene when progress slips, is a high priority for all staff. However, on occasion pupils are not always challenged to use higher order skills in lessons and in their work. Senior leaders and managers have an insightful and accurate understanding of school performance. Consequently, the school is always building upon its strengths. The knowledgeable governing body has a visible presence in school on a day-to-day basis. Governors are totally committed to providing a high quality, valued community resource. The school enjoys the confidence and trust of the parents and the wider community.