Escomb Primary School

Name Escomb Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 March 2012
Address Three Lane Ends, Escomb, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7SR
Phone Number 01388603273
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 206 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.3
Local Authority County Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 13.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.5%
Persisitent Absence 7.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Escomb is a smaller than average sized primary school. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage with none at the early stage of learning English. A well below average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is twice the national average, with an above average number with a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the current floor standard. The school extends its services in that it provides a breakfast club each morning. The school has achieved UNICEF Rights Respecting and Investor in Children awards. The headteacher was appointed in September 2010. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

Escomb is a good school. It has made considerable progress in the past eighteen months, because the headteacher is driving improvements in the quality of learning quickly. All parents and carers appreciate the high quality of care and support. Excellent partnership working adds to the range of opportunities for pupils to develop. The school is not yet outstanding because although teaching is good, challenge and pace in lessons is occasionally uneven, especially for the more able. Children make good progress in the Reception class. In Key Stage 1, pupils make satisfactory but quickly accelerating progress, and progress is good in Key Stage 2. Rapid progress in improving writing skills has closed the gap with reading and mathematics. The current Year 6 pupils are predicted to reach above average attainment in English and mathematics, with an increased proportion expected to attain higher levels in mathematics. A large majority of teaching is good and occasionally it is outstanding. Opportunities are sometime missed to make the most of stimulating curricular experiences and fully engage pupils. Senior leaders recognise that the inspiring teaching in some classes provides a model to improve the less challenging and less briskly paced learning in others. Pupils thrive in the happy, friendly atmosphere and this promotes their good and sometimes exemplary behaviour. Pupils show a respect for and courtesy towards others. They can identify risk and danger and are able to keep themselves safe. The pupils’ rapidly improving attendance reflects their enjoyment of school. The headteacher has sharpened the skills of senior and middle leadership and fostering effective team working. All share her vision and high ambition. Teaching is well led. Systems to monitor and evaluate school performance are rigorous and ensure self-evaluation is accurate. The family ethos promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well.