Berwick Hills Primary School

Name Berwick Hills Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 February 2014
Address Westerdale Road, Middlesbrough, TS3 7QH
Phone Number 01642245598
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 357 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.7
Local Authority Middlesbrough
Percentage Free School Meals 52.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.4%
Persisitent Absence 10%
Pupils with SEN Support 24.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is larger than an average-sized school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement for special educational needs is average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium, which provides funding for children in local authority care, those from service families and those known to be eligible for free school meals, is well above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the last inspection there have been five changes in the teaching staff.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children have an excellent start in the Nursery and Reception classes. They make good progress from their starting points throughout the rest of the school. Pupils’ progress in Key Stage 2 is outstanding in writing. The quality of teaching is good. Teaching staff are highly motivated to improve their skills continually. Pupils’ attendance and punctuality has improved because of the work by the school. Attendance is now average and punctuality is good. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils are motivated to learn and show high levels of respect to each other and adults. They are very proud of their school. The school provides a very safe, harmonious and nurturing environment. The school’s work to keep pupils safe is outstanding and they feel extremely safe. The staff ensure that all pupils are given every opportunity to engage in school life fully. Strong leadership by the headteacher and deputy headteacher have ensured that changes are having a positive impact on improving pupils’ progress and teaching. Excellent team work and mutual support are evident across the school. The governing body effectively challenges all aspects of the school’s work and provides high quality support. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ progress in mathematics is good, but not as good as it is in writing. Pupils are not always confident in applying their skills to solve problems. Teaching is not yet outstanding. Some lessons do not sustain pupils’ interest. Marking of pupils’ work it is not consistent in telling pupils how to improve.