Easington Lane Primary School

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About Easington Lane Primary School

Name Easington Lane Primary School
Website http://www.easingtonlaneprimary.org.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Sarah Nordstrom
Address High Street, Easington Lane, Houghton le Spring, DH5 0JT
Phone Number 01915171700
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 303
Local Authority Sunderland
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Easington Lane Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy coming to this welcoming school. They say that teachers make learning fun.

This is because activities in lessons help pupils to gain the knowledge they need for future learning. Leaders have high expectations for all pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils achieve well.

Pupils benefit personally from the well-designed religious education (RE) curriculum. Teachers plan activities and discussions that help pupils to understand viewpoints different to their own. This helps pupils to show high levels of respect towa...rds each other.

Pupils enjoy earning badges for each of the 'RESPECT' values. Staff listen carefully to any concerns that pupils may have. They help them to resolve any problems.

This makes pupils feel safe and secure. The recently introduced policy for positive behaviour is followed by most pupils. This helps pupils to concentrate in lessons and behave well at breaktimes.

Pupils enjoy their roles as 'Mini Police,' school councillors and buddies. Activities are planned carefully to develop and stretch pupils' talents. They include, participating in an annual residential visit to Derwent Hill, visits to Edinburgh and London and winning the Durham Choir of the Year in 2023.

These experiences help pupils to gain confidence.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have designed a curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils, including pupils with SEND. Each subject curriculum is well sequenced to ensure that pupils build knowledge from 'Little Legs' Nursery to Year 6.

The ambitious curriculum for RE enables pupils to study different religions in depth. Teachers skilfully support pupils to understand religion and different world views. This also helps pupils to develop empathy and an understanding of their place in the world.

For example, in Year 5, pupils think of examples of 'when more forgiveness would be good in the world today'. They learn about the bombing of Coventry Cathedral during the Second World War and how members of the congregation forgave those responsible. Pupils then discuss forgiveness in relation to current affairs using subject-specific vocabulary to help explain their learning.

Pupils achieve well in RE.

The school uses assessment effectively to identify gaps in pupils' knowledge. Leaders have redesigned the curriculum for mathematics to ensure that pupils have a secure understanding of important number facts.

Teachers make sure that pupils revisit prior teaching daily. 'Memory joggers' help pupils to gain fluency in facts and methods. This prepares pupils for new learning.

For example, in Year 2, pupils use pictorial representation to see how a whole number can be partitioned into three parts. This prepares pupils for future learning about number patterns. However, pupils do not have sufficient opportunity in lessons to practise problem-solving in a range of contexts.

Reading is prioritised in the school. When children start in Reception, they have daily phonics lessons. The school makes sure that all staff have expert knowledge to teach the phonics programme.

As a result, pupils achieve well in phonics. Pupils enjoy listening to daily class story time. Teachers choose from a wide range of quality texts, including Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.

Pupils practise reading often. Despite this, some pupils at the earliest stage of reading read books that contain sounds and words that they do not know.

Pupils with SEND are supported effectively to access the full curriculum.

External agencies, such as health care, work with staff to ensure accurate assessment of pupils' needs. Some pupils benefit from interventions that focus on developing social skills, such as sharing and helping other pupils.

Staff have high expectations of pupils' behaviour.

Pupils respect staff who help them to follow the recently implemented positive behaviour policy. In early years, staff help children to settle into daily routines. This helps pupils to concentrate on their learning.

Pupils enjoy socialising at breaktimes. Staff and school 'buddies' are on hand to help pupils play well together.

Leaders have planned an extensive range of activities to provide for pupils' broader development.

Pupils enjoy 'WOW' experiences that include educational visits. For example, pupils enjoyed a workshop about mining to learn about Monkwearmouth Mine. This helps pupils to develop a sense of pride and respect for their local community.

The development of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school. The school's termly community café provides access to key local services for parents and carers. Such events provide support for mental health and pupils' behaviour.

Staff are proud to work in the school. They appreciate that leaders 'go the extra mile' to support their professional development and look after their well-being. A few pupils benefit from different approaches to help them learn.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• A small number of pupils read books that are not accurately matched to their phonics knowledge. This means that these pupils do not get sufficient practise in reading and re-reading books that match the sounds and words they have learned.

These pupils find reading tricky. The school should ensure that pupils practise reading from books that are accurately matched to the sounds and words they know. ? Pupils do not have sufficient opportunity to practise problem-solving in mathematics.

As a result, some older pupils do not have detailed knowledge and skills to be able to independently tackle problems. The school needs to provide a structured approach to develop pupils' skills in problem-solving.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in February 2014.

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