|Name||Valley View Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||03 July 2014|
|Address||Valley View, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, NE32 5QY|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||254 (46% boys 54% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.3|
|Local Authority||South Tyneside|
|Percentage Free School Meals||15.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0.4%|
Information about this school
The school is slightly larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of disabled pupils or pupils with special educational needs supported at school action has increased slightly and is now above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The school is in a partnership with a local teaching school alliance and the headteacher is a member of the strategic board.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Across the school, pupils make outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The majority of children start school with skills and knowledge well below those typical for their age. By the end of Key Stage 2, standards of attainment overall are above average. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage in their education. Teaching is tightly focused; well-planned learning is very effective in promoting pupils’ achievement. Lessons are interesting for pupils so they are enthusiastic and want to learn. Occasionally, pupils’ progress in writing slows because the feedback they receive about how to improve their written work does not always focus well enough on improving the quality of their work and adding further challenge. Pupils behave exceptionally well. They are polite and courteous and treat each other respectfully. They feel very safe. Pupils of all ages have excellent attitudes in lessons and this means they are able to learn very well. All school leaders, staff and governors are very ambitious for the school and its pupils. They have shown great determination to improve the school since the last inspection. They have tackled weaknesses relentlessly to bring about the necessary improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted very effectively and there are plentiful opportunities for pupils’ personal development. Leaders ensure there are many and regular opportunities for pupils to extend their horizons with new experiences. The governing body is extremely effective in promoting pupils’ high achievement. They know the school very well and work hard to ensure high standards are maintained. They provide challenge to school leaders and hold them to account for the school’s performance.