Falla Park Community Primary School


Name Falla Park Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 April 2019
Address Falla Park Road, Felling, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE10 9HP
Phone Number 01914334011
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 230 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.9
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 48.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.7%

Information about this school

The school is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is higher than the national average. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups and who speak English as an additional language is well below the national average. The school runs a breakfast club each morning before school, which is managed by the governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and other leaders, including governors, are highly ambitious and have a clear vision for the school. Their leadership has secured significant improvements since the previous inspection. Pupils make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). However, leaders recognise that tasks set for the most able pupils sometimes lack challenge. This prevents them from reaching the highest standards of which they are capable. Teachers meet pupils’ needs well by checking their understanding and learning. They use assessment information to plan appropriate learning activities. They swiftly address misconceptions to enable pupils to achieve well. Pupils’ conduct around school is good and there are well-established routines, which pupils clearly understand. Pupils are well cared for by staff. Pupils say that they feel safe in school and that school keeps them safe. Parents, staff and governors support this view. Leaders’ effective monitoring and evaluation of pupils’ outcomes in English and mathematics are ensuring that pupils achieve well because : actions are taken to support pupils who fall behind. Monitoring is not as rigorous in other curriculum subjects. Governors have a strong understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development. They challenge leaders well, which ensures that there are high expectations of all leaders and staff in school. The early years provision is good. Many children arrive with lower than typical starting points and make good progress during their time in the phase. This is due to regular opportunities to develop important skills, including their use of speech. By the end of Reception, the large majority of children are ready for learning in Year 1. Staff promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well through the wide range of curriculum experiences, both in and out of school. Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are good. Pupils are polite and courteous to each other and to adults and have positive attitudes to learning.