Blaydon West Primary School


Name Blaydon West Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 July 2013
Address Blaydon Bank, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE21 4PY
Phone Number 01914143286
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 196 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.6
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 15.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.6%

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average-sized primary school. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well above average. 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 who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is higher than the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. A number of new teachers have joined the school since the last inspection. This represents approximately half the teaching staff. Some pupils are taught in mixed-age class because of the small size of the school. The school has a breakfast club managed by the governing body. The school works closely with Bede Primary School to support pupils who have significant behavioural difficulties. Inspectors were aware during this inspection that a serious incident which occurred at the setting since the previous inspection is under investigation by the appropriate authorities. While Ofsted does not have the power to investigate incidents of this kind, actions taken by the setting in response to the incident were considered alongside the other evidence available at the time of the inspection to inform inspectors’ judgements.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Most children start school with skills that are well below those typically expected for their age. They make good, and sometimes outstanding, progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage. In Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils continue to make good progress and by the end of Year 6 reach broadly average standards. This represents good achievement from their starting points. Pupils feel happy and safe in school. They behave well in lessons and around the school and demonstrate positive attitudes towards their learning. School leaders have effective systems in place to check the quality of teaching and learning. As a result, the quality of teaching has improved and is now good and pupils are making increasingly faster progress. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. It is not yet an outstanding school because : School improvement plans do not include clearly measurable targets that are broken down into small steps. As a result, leaders and governors do not know how well new initiatives to improve the school are working. Systems to enable leaders to check pupils’ progress accurately are too complicated. Although pupils make good progress overall, progress is not as strong in writing as it is in other subjects. In some instances, when teachers mark pupils’ work, they do not make it clear to pupils how to make their work better next time or allow time for pupils to act upon advice given. As a result of the school’s work, attendance is rising but it remains below the national average. The school’s website does not contain the most up-to-date information for parents.