|Name||Ponteland Community Middle School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
|Inspection Date||11 December 2013|
|Address||Callerton Lane, Ponteland, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE20 9EY|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||553 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.9|
|Academy Sponsor||Ponteland Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||4.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||7.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
• Ponteland Middle is smaller than the average sized secondary school. • The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is much lower than the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority.) • The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. • The proportion of pupils supported through school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is lower than that found nationally. • A significant minority of pupils leave the school before the end of Year 8 to join private secondary schools with a different starting age in neighbouring areas. • The school meets the current floor standards, which set the government’s minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics. • The school has been awarded the Sportsmark and International School awards. • The headteacher is a local leader of education and provides support to other schools.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. • Pupils make excellent progress in English and mathematics to reach standards that are well above average by the time they leave the school at the end of Year 8. • Achievement is also outstanding in science, music, modern foreign languages and physical education, and at least good in all other subjects. Teachers have an excellent knowledge of their respective subjects and use their enthusiasm and love of learning to plan interesting lessons that motivate pupils to do well. • The quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers have high expectations and set challenging work so that pupils make rapid progress in lessons. • Pupils’ work is marked regularly and accurately and teachers usually give good feedback to help pupils know how to do better. Pupils are not always given enough opportunities to improve their work so that they can make even more rapid progress. • Pupils are proud ambassadors for their school. They have an extremely positive attitude to learning and work hard at all times. High levels of mutual respect pervade the school so that incidents of poor behaviour, bullying or racism are rare. • Leaders, including governors, have the highest expectations of themselves and the staff they lead. Their enthusiasm and drive is shared by all who work in the school. Pupils’ progress is tracked carefully so that any underachievement can be identified and addressed quickly. As a result, standards are high and continuing to rise. The quality of teaching was outstanding at the previous inspection and rigorous performance management has helped it to remain so. • The curriculum is outstanding. A large number of pupils participate in an extremely wide variety of extra-curricular activities and this makes an excellent contribution to their achievement, particularly in music and sport.