Ribbon School

Name Ribbon School
Website http://www.ribbonacademy.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 April 2013
Address Barnes Road, Murton, Seaham, County Durham, SR7 9QR
Phone Number 01915175900
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 582 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.3
Academy Sponsor Ribbon Academy Trust
Local Authority County Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 30.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%
Persisitent Absence 8.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Ribbon Academy converted to become an academy on 4 September 2012. When its predecessor school, Murton Community Primary, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding. This academy is larger than the average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which, in this academy, provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority and for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is well above average. There are very few pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds or who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported at school action is below average while the proportion supported at school action plus and with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. Within the academy there is a Sure Start Centre and childcare provider, ‘Ribbon Daycare’ both of which were not part of this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Since the school became an academy in September 2012, members of the academy’s board of directors, the principal, leaders and managers have brought about improvements in teaching and in pupils’ achievement. The strategic vision of the principal has been instrumental in moving the academy forward. This, together with determined and ambitious leadership and management at all levels, is ensuring that it is well placed to improve further. Current pupils are on track to reach standards in line with national averages this year. Their progress from low starting points compares favourably with that found nationally. Pupils are very appreciative of the excellent personal support they are given. In this truly inclusive academy the skills and talents of all pupils are valued and nurtured. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding and reflects the excellent way in which the academy promotes their social and moral awareness. They feel extremely safe in the academy, attend regularly and have very good attitudes to learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is good, not outstanding. A minority of teaching still requires improvement and the outstanding skills of the best teachers have not yet been fully shared to ensure that all lessons are consistently good or better. While the academy already works closely with parents it is not complacent. It recognises that more can be done to reach all parents and families so that they can better support their children’s learning and development. The timetable has recently been changed to make sure pupils get a good balance between being taught mathematics and English and following their own interests and working on their own. These changes have yet to be fully checked to ensure that they are helping pupils to make faster progress, particularly in English.