Central Walker Church of England Primary School

Name Central Walker Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.centralwalkerce.newcastle.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 March 2014
Address Lancefield Avenue, Walker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE6 2NP
Phone Number 01912240222
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 391 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.4
Academy Sponsor Newcastle East Mixed Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Newcastle upon Tyne
Percentage Free School Meals 59.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 23%

Information about this school

This is a new school that opened in September 2012, following the closure of two primary schools. There have been significant changes in staffing, particularly at senior leadership level, since the school opened. This is a larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is much higher than 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 school meets the government’s current floor standard which is the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement is good. From their well-below average starting points, pupils in Year 6 reach standards that are above those expected for their age in mathematics, and similar to those expected in English. Teaching is typically good. Activities are interesting and based on a good understanding of what pupils need to learn. Behaviour is good. Pupils behave very well in lessons because they enjoy their learning and want to do their best. They behave very well around the school. Pupils say they feel safe and understand how to keep themselves safe. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. Pupils are polite and courteous. They take on responsibilities willingly and carry out their duties conscientiously and with enthusiasm. The highly effective leadership of the headteacher, supported by determined leaders at all other levels, has ensured that the achievement of pupils and the quality of teaching are good. Governors are highly ambitious for the school to improve further and are effective in holding the school leaders to account. They know the school very well and bring a wide range of skills they use to good effect. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all teaching is good. Pupils are not always given work that is hard enough for them. The teaching of reading and writing is not as strong as it is in mathematics. Pupils are not given enough interesting first-hand experiences to write about. The range of books for pupils to read is not wide enough.