Oakdene Primary School

Name Oakdene Primary School
Website www.oakdeneprimary.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 13 March 2013
Address Low Grange Avenue, Billingham, Cleveland, TS23 3NR
Phone Number 01642560768
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 318 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.4
Local Authority Stockton-on-Tees
Percentage Free School Meals 35.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.7%
Persisitent Absence 7.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 27.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is an average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium is nearly double the national average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for children in local authority care, children from service families and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils identified with special educational needs who are supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is high. The proportion of pupils who do not start school in the Nursery or Reception classes, but join school later, is well above average. The proportion of pupils who leave school before finishing Year 6 is also above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school has achieved the following awards among others: Inclusion Quality Mark (Gold); Investors in People (Gold); and Artsmark (Gold).

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The school’s motto of ‘learning for life’ is embraced by pupils, teachers, leaders and governors. The school is a joyful, hard-working and happy place, where pupils have fun, learn well and make rapid progress, both academically and socially. Pupils achieve extremely well. From starting points which are generally well below those expected for their age, pupils make excellent progress. This is sustained through to Year 6, so that by the time pupils leave school, they reach standards that are above average. The school provides outstanding support for disabled pupils, for those who have special educational needs and for those whose circumstances make them at risk of not doing as well. ‘Little Acorns’, specialist teaching for those who need extra help, is an example of this. Teaching is exciting and stimulating. The work teachers set helps pupils to learn well, whatever their ability. Much teaching is of outstanding quality. The school leadership is focused on ensuring that all of the remaining good teaching becomes outstanding. The curriculum is exceptional. Through careful planning, teachers find ways of firing the imagination of the pupils. The use of outside space to make learning exciting, for example, through ‘forest school’ is highly effective. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage benefit from imaginative activities which help them learn extremely well. Pupils behave very well. They are thoughtful and caring towards one another and have a strong sense of belonging to the community. They have a love of learning. Leadership and management are exemplary. The headteacher is visionary. Under her leadership, all members of staff have a thirst to improve their school for the benefit of the pupils in the area. Systems to check the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress are excellent. The plans put in place as a result of the findings are precise and effective. As a result, the school continues to improve further. The governors hold the school and individual teachers rigorously to account for pupils’ performance and the quality of teaching.