|Name||Archibald First School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||31 March 2015|
|Address||Archibald Street, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE3 1EB|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||344 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Local Authority||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Percentage Free School Meals||12.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||5.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The early years comprises full-time Reception and part-time Nursery classes. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils from other backgrounds and those who speak English as an additional language is similar to the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. Fewer pupils than average are eligible for support through the pupil premium. This is additional funding for pupils who are looked after by the local authority or known to be eligible for free school meals. Pupils have access to a breakfast and after-school club on the same site as the school. This provision is privately managed and subject to a separate inspection. The report for this provision can be found at www.gov.uk/ofsted.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. All groups of pupils, including those who are potentially at risk of underachievement, make rapid progress and leave with standards that are very high for their age. Standards by the end of Year 2 are consistently well above average in reading, writing and mathematics. Teachers assess what pupils know and can do accurately, and use the resulting information to set work that is perfectly matched to their ability. Teaching is of a high standard. Over time it is never less than good and much of it is outstanding. Children in the early years progress rapidly so their attainment is above that typical for their age on entry to Year 1. Children are very well prepared for Key Stage 1. The school provides a very well-rounded education for all its pupils, so they develop spiritually, culturally, morally and socially equally as well as they do academically. They are exceptionally well prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They are polite, caring and have a strong sense of right and wrong. The school is a completely safe place to learn so pupils feel totally secure. The inspirational leadership of the headteacher has forged a very close team of staff who are always seeking to improve aspects of their work and pupils’ achievements. The school’s plan for further development is well thought out and based on an accurate evaluation of the school’s strengths and areas that are less strong. It is used well to improve outcomes for pupils. The school provides staff with high quality training. The best practice in the school is shared, but this could be developed even more for the benefit of all. Governors play an exceptionally strong role in leading the school and checking that other leaders and managers are doing all they can to improve pupils’ education. The school’s very strong partnerships with parents contribute to the school’s success. Parents feel very well informed and are very appreciative of all the school does for their children.