Burnopfield Primary School


Name Burnopfield Primary School
Website http://www.burnopfield.durham.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 November 2014
Address Front Street, Burnopfield, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE16 6PT
Phone Number 01207270397
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 414 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Local Authority Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 13.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.4%

Information about this school

This is a much larger than average sized primary school. Almost all of the pupils are of White British backgrounds. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. Currently, there is a lower than average proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for pupil premium funding. This funding is for those who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The provision in the Early Years Nursery is part time. Burnopfield Day Care is a privately run day care facility located in the school, but is not managed by the governing body. It provides a breakfast club and after-school care each day for school pupils. This provision is subject to a separate inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher’s high ambition and formidable drive have led to a clear trend of often rapid improvement eliminating any weaknesses. Her passion and forward thinking is shared by all staff. A highly effective team of leaders and managers are clear about exactly what needs to be done to sustain the considerable gains already made in pupils’ achievement. The good impact of teaching ensures that pupils achieve well overall, including those who are disadvantaged and the most able. At times, when the impact of teaching is outstanding, progress is rapid and achievement high. The behaviour of pupils is outstanding, their caring, tolerant attitudes reflect their excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Attendance is high and is much improved since the last inspection. Pupils report that they feel extremely safe because : staff take such excellent care of them. The rich curriculum meets the wide range of pupils’ needs exceptionally well. No opportunity is lost to add to their first-hand experiences, raise aspirations and boost their self-esteem. The effectiveness of the early years provision is good. Children in Nursery and Reception make good and sometimes rapid progress in acquiring essential skills in all areas of learning. The excellent leadership of teaching ensures that staff skills are continuously nurtured and advanced. A knowledgeable governing body is passionate about providing the highest quality of learning for pupils. They challenge and support the school in equally effective measure. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Rapid progress and the highest level of achievement are not yet fully sustained in Key Stage 1, especially in pupils’ reading. Now and then, opportunities are missed to inspire and stretch the thinking of the most able pupils even more.