Whitley Chapel Church of England First School


Name Whitley Chapel Church of England First School
Website http://www.whitleyfirst.northumberland.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 January 2014
Address Leazes Lane, Whitley Chapel, Steel, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 0HB
Phone Number 01434673294
Type Primary
Age Range 3-9
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Northumberland
Percentage Free School Meals 0%

Information about this school

This school is very much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average, although this is varies between year groups. 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 that are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is above average. The proportions of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are average. There are morning, lunch-time and after-school clubs which are run by school staff, external coaches and volunteers. The school does not use any alternative provision. There are two classes: one for pupils in Nursery, Reception and Year 1; the other for pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4. The teacher in the Early Years Unit is employed on a 0.5 basis, and the teacher in the Year 2,3 and 4 class on a 0.6 basis. The Headteacher teaches in both classes on a 0.7 basis overall.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement is good. They make excellent progress in reading and writing and good progress in mathematics. Teaching is good overall and occasionally outstanding, especially in writing in the class for pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4. The teaching offers pupils many stimulating opportunities to see the links between subjects and to develop their skills in reading and writing. Teachers use questions well and check pupils’ understanding as lessons progress. Lessons have a brisk pace. Work is well-matched to the learning needs of different groups of pupils. Teaching assistants are very skilled at teaching and supporting pupils’ learning. The school offers excellent care and support and provides extremely well for pupils’ outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They care very well for one another and say they feel extremely safe. Attendance is above average. The headteacher and the governing body have a very clear understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. They have improved teaching, pupils’ achievement and the leadership skills of all teachers. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils are given too few chances to apply their skills in mathematics in problem-solving activities. In some mathematics lessons, teachers do not move pupils on quickly enough when it is clear they already understand.