Wearhead Primary School

Name Wearhead Primary School
Website http://www.wearhead.durham.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 16 October 2012
Address Wearhead, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL13 1BN
Phone Number 01388537265
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 29 (41% boys 59% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 11.2
Percentage Free School Meals 6.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

This school is considerably smaller than the average-sized primary school. Pupils are taught in two mixed-age classes. They have different teachers for different subjects. Year groups are tiny. Most have fewer than three pupils. There were no pupils in Year 4 at the time of the inspection. Pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is above average. Recently, 23% of pupils have been identified as being eligible for the pupil premium. The funding has yet to come through to support their learning. The school meets the current government floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make exceptionally good progress from their generally average or below average starting points. Most pupils reach above nationally expected levels in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6. Typically, they are a year ahead for their age. Pupils with special educational needs make excellent progress. Teaching is first rate. Lessons are packed with interest and pupils learn quickly. Staff enjoy teaching their specialist subjects and pupils enjoy having different lessons with different teachers. Sometimes teachers are so enthusiastic that they do not give pupils enough time to work on their own. Pupils behave very well indeed. They work hard and listen intently in lessons. Pupils feel very safe. Older pupils look after younger ones and everyone plays together happily at break and lunchtimes. The school is extremely well led and managed. Simple, effective systems mean that even when the headteacher is teaching the school runs smoothly. The leadership of teaching is especially good. The headteacher sets and expects high standards both in her own and in her staff’s teaching. Members of the governing body visit the school frequently. They know exactly how well it is doing and what it needs to do next to improve further. This school continues to get better. The curriculum is outstanding. The school’s motto: ‘Think globally, act locally’ sums up the rich, outward-looking curriculum, recognised in the school’s recent International Award.