Ravensworth Terrace Primary School

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Ravensworth Terrace Primary School


Name Ravensworth Terrace Primary School
Website http://www.ravensworthterrace.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 28 November 2011
Address Mount Pleasant Road, Birtley, Chester le Street, County Durham, DH3 1AY
Phone Number 01914334200
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 309 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 14.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.1%
Persisitent Absence 8.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Ravensworth Terrace is smaller than the average sized primary school. An average proportion of pupils is known to be eligible for free school meals. The school supports a higher than average proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, although the number with a statement of special educational needs is lower than average. Most pupils are White British. Others mainly have a European or Asian heritage, with a small number learning English as an additional language. The school has gained Healthy Schools status, the International Schools and Basic Skills awards. A new headteacher joined the school after the previous inspection. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Main findings

Ravensworth Terrace Primary provides an outstanding education for its pupils. It is rapidly improving and this is evident in the excellent teaching, a very rich curriculum and exceptional care, guidance and support that lie at its heart. In this entirely inclusive school, pupils thrive because everyone has an equal opportunity to develop their talents and demonstrate their accomplishments. The staff work with a common purpose to promote the school’s values and to ensure that safeguarding the welfare of pupils is given the highest priority. As a result, pupils have an excellent awareness of how to stay safe. The school is harmonious, calm and orderly and pupils are entirely at ease. Pupils behave exceptionally well: they are confident, very polite and considerate. They have an extensive knowledge of the importance of keeping themselves healthy. Through excellent links with families, parents’ and carers’ confidence in the school is notably high and pupils’ attendance has markedly improved to above average. Exceptionally fruitful partnerships with other schools and agencies augment pupils’ learning which contributes to their outstanding achievement. Action to improve teaching has resulted in excellent provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage and in Key Stages 1 and 2. This successfully leads to pupils’ outstanding learning and progress throughout the school. Teachers use information from assessing pupils’ work very effectively to match lesson activities to suit pupils’ abilities. Pupils are enthusiastic and highly motivated to work together or on their own. From starting points generally below those expected for their age, children make outstanding progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage. All pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities and those learning English as an additional language, make outstanding progress in Key Stages 1 and 2. As a result of successful initiatives, pupils’ progress is best in reading and writing and, notably, boys now do as well as girls. Progress in mathematics, however, is not quite as great. Year-on-year, more pupils attain levels above those expected for their age. Pupils read very well and their writing is exceptionally well developed. Pupils successfully apply skills in literacy in several subjects. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding, although the school recognises, rightly, that pupils’ awareness of life within the United Kingdom and overseas needs to be widened even further. Senior leaders are in the process of instigating a number of initiatives in order to bring this about. This is an outstandingly well-led and governed school where the headteacher and governing body methodically review and accurately evaluate the impact of their work. They have a constant agenda for improvement in which development planning focuses on the right priorities to raise attainment. Notable improvements since the previous inspection, for example, in raising achievement, particularly by boys, and in promoting higher attendance together with diligent and systematic management ensure that the capacity for sustained improvement is good.