Oakley Cross Primary School and Nursery

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Oakley Cross Primary School and Nursery


Name Oakley Cross Primary School and Nursery
Website http://www.oakleycross.durham.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 May 2018
Address Lomond Walk, West Auckland, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 9UD
Phone Number 01388833186
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 172
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.9
Local Authority 840
Percentage Free School Meals 27.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.5%
Persisitent Absence 7.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The headteacher took up post in the autumn term 2014, shortly after the previous inspection. There have been a number of staffing changes since then. Recently, a new lead for the early years section has taken up post. Since the previous inspection, the school has opened provision for two-year-olds. The school meets the government’s current floor standards. The school serves its local community. The vast majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. A small proportion of pupils are from Gypsy and Roma backgrounds. The school has been awarded UNICEF’s level 2 Rights Respecting School award and has achieved International School status. The school does not currently use alternative education providers. The school is supported through the local authority’s school improvement service.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and governors share a strong vision and determination to promote pupils’ personal development. They are committed to ensuring that pupils achieve highly. Staff are motivated by this vision in their day-to-day work with pupils. As a result, the school is improving. Pupils feel safe and know how to stay safe. They are cared for well and trust adults in the school to help them if they have a worry. Pupils have very positive attitudes to their learning and behave well. Attendance has improved over time. Pupils are self-confident. They show pride in their school. Pupils understand the importance of healthy exercise and food. Their very positive relationships with each other and staff support their emotional well-being well. Pupils understand the importance of respect for people from different backgrounds, beliefs and traditions. They make a contribution to their local community and wider society. Pupils’ personal development is a strength of the school. Teachers and classroom staff plan interesting and engaging lessons. As a result, pupils respond positively and make good progress across a range of subjects. Occasionally, teachers miss opportunities to challenge pupils to re-apply their learning. Early years, including the provision for two-year-olds, is well led. Children are kept safe. Children have many opportunities to flourish across a wide range of development areas. Leaders tackle underperformance systematically and rigorously. As a result, rates of progress are improving quickly overall. Boys’ progress in reading is improving quickly in almost all classes but has not yet closed the gap with girls’ achievement. Governors have a good knowledge of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. With senior leaders, they use resources and staff skills well to enhance the impact of teaching. They target the correct areas for improvement, providing challenge and support. However, governors do not check early enough that good progress is made to address the school’s key priorities.