Eldon Grove Academy

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About Eldon Grove Academy

Name Eldon Grove Academy
Website http://www.eldongroveacademy.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Christian Park
Address Eldon Grove, Hartlepool, TS26 9LY
Phone Number 01429273895
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 509
Local Authority Hartlepool
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Eldon Grove Academy continues to be a good school.

The head of this school is Christian Park.

The school is part of the Extol Academy Trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school. The trust is run by the chief executive officer (CEO), Julie Deville, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Jackie Butterworth.

What is it like to attend this school?

At Eldon Grove, each pupil's potential is recognised and celebrated.

Leaders have a clear vision for excellence. Staff share this vision and are proud to be part of the team. A passion for high-quality education and the well-being of pupils is a priority for everyone... working at the school.

Pupils are well motivated and happy. Pupils know there is an adult they can turn to if they need help. Pupils are resilient, independent and work well together.

They welcome those who are different from themselves. Bullying is rare.

The school provides many opportunities for pupils to develop their character and contribute to their school community.

The student parliament, 'house' system and sports leadership roles are valued by pupils. They are proud to represent their school in sporting fixtures, musical events and when visitors come into school. Parents and carers are positive about their children's experience at the school.

One said, 'The children are at the heart of what they (the school) do'. The inspector agrees.

In classrooms, pupils' behaviour and focus are exceptional.

Staff skilfully lead discussions to develop pupils' understanding of each topic. Pupils listen attentively to staff and one another. Leaders at all levels know precisely what is required to ensure pupils achieve their best.

Pupils are keen to succeed and do their best daily.

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

The school has created an ambitious curriculum for all pupils. The important knowledge, skills and vocabulary pupils need to develop are clearly set out.

The curriculum for children in the early years is expertly planned. This helps children get off to a strong start in their education. Leaders have considered the topics that pupils might find most difficult to understand.

Teachers provide extra explanations or spend additional time teaching these tricky topics. As a result, pupils learn the curriculum successfully and achieve well.

The curriculum has been well designed by staff who are knowledgeable specialists.

For example, music and the arts are prioritised for all pupils. This rich curriculum offer stimulates pupils' talents and interests. Staff take part in regular training and professional development.

They become experts in their field. The curriculum is well adapted to meet the needs of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Support for pupils with SEND is highly effective.

This includes plans that precisely set out each pupil's needs. Pupils with SEND participate and achieve well. Staff understand how to structure learning to get the best out of pupils.

This includes revisiting pupils' prior learning and regularly checking their understanding. The school has identified the important vocabulary it wants pupils to learn. This vocabulary is embedded more fully in some subjects than in others.

Where staff and pupils use vocabulary precisely, it contributes strongly to pupils' achievement.

Interactions between adults and children in the early years are of high quality. Staff direct children to activities intended to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills.

The indoor and outdoor learning environments stimulate children's interests. Children who might struggle to communicate and participate in school are quickly identified. Additional support for these children is well planned.

As a result, children gain confidence and flourish in an inclusive environment.

A new reading scheme has been established at the school. Pupils who are at an early stage of learning to read do so with increasing confidence.

The school have prioritised reading for all pupils. A wide variety of books are available to borrow. These include books written by, and about, people from different cultures and backgrounds.

This further develops pupils' knowledge of the world around them.

Pupils attend school regularly. The number of pupil absences has reduced over time.

For some vulnerable groups or individuals, specific support is in place. This is intended to help these pupils re-engage with education. The school has been highly successful in this regard.

Pupils' personal development is a priority at the school. Pupils regularly learn about important topics, such as mental health, online safety and equalities. Pupils get advice and inspiration about a range of careers.

Pupils participate in a 'Primary Engineer Project' and learn about working in the NHS or banking.

The British values of respect and tolerance shine through at the school. Everyone is seen as equal and pupils respect both staff and their peers.

Leaders' plans for improvement and evaluation of their own effectiveness are highly accurate. Strategies to improve the school are precise. Developments in the curriculum have been carefully considered.

However, more remains to be done to ensure all pupils make the same progress in reading and mathematics as they do in writing.The school has a tight-knit staff body. High-quality professional development is provided to ensure staff are skilled and knowledgeable within their roles.

This benefits both pupils' education and staff workload. Leaders are mindful of staff well-being when making changes. Leaders' determination to improve the school is evident.

Staff speak positively about the changes that have taken place at the school over time.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Improvements to the curriculum are still being embedded across the school.

This limits the progress some pupils make over time. The school should ensure that the ambitious vocabulary and communication skills they intend pupils to develop are embedded so that pupils' progress continues to strengthen.


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 first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in January 2019.

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