Fordley Primary School

Name Fordley Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 13 March 2013
Address Dudley Drive, Dudley, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 7AL
Phone Number 01912008030
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 283 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.8
Local Authority North Tyneside
Percentage Free School Meals 28.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.4%
Persisitent Absence 12%
Pupils with SEN Support 22.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is an above average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding provided for children in local authority care, those from services families and those known to be eligible for free school meals) is well above average and has increased since the previous inspection. Most pupils are White British. 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 just above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. This school has improved at a very rapid rate since the previous inspection. It now provides all pupils with a very high-quality education which they really enjoy. Pupils achieve extremely well and reach standards of attainment that are above average. Leadership and management, including governance, are extremely effective. They have improved the quality of teaching significantly. It is now outstanding. The performance management of staff is very well organised. Staff are continually provided with excellent opportunities for their professional development and are given very challenging performance targets. Teachers provide very exciting and interesting activities that fully engage pupils and make them very eager to learn. They make sure that pupils know what they have done well and what they need to do to improve, especially in literacy. Pupils are very enthusiastic, take a lot of pride in gaining new knowledge and skills and in presenting their work, and strive to achieve very high targets. The behaviour of pupils is exemplary. They are unfailingly polite and courteous, and learn and play exceptionally well together. Pupils are very confident that they are safe in school. Leaders know precisely how they can improve the school’s effectiveness even further. They know that their next steps are to ensure that exemplary teaching practice is shared more routinely among staff and that the high-quality marking evident in pupils’ literacy books is fully extended across other subjects.