Forest View Primary

Name Forest View Primary
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 March 2015
Address Rembrandt Avenue, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 8RZ
Phone Number 01915191990
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 253 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.0
Local Authority South Tyneside
Percentage Free School Meals 42.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.8%
Persisitent Absence 15.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 19%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average sized primary school. A very large majority of the pupils are of White British backgrounds with a very few who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below the national average. Currently, there is a much higher than average proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for pupil premium funding. This funding is to support those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. A very few pupils are from service families and are supported through the services premium. Children in early years attend the Nursery part time for either morning or afternoon sessions. They attend full time in Reception. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6. The school has experienced a large turnover in staffing since the previous inspection. A deputy headteacher was appointed in January 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The excellent drive and vision of the headteacher, ably supported by a very effective deputy headteacher and the governing body, have made sure that the school has improved a great deal since the last inspection. Together with continuously improving middle leadership, they ensure that pupils achieve well. Teaching is good and sometimes inspiring. Staff expect pupils of all abilities and starting points to achieve well. Pupils make the fastest progress when their work in lessons is challenging and makes them think hard, logically and critically. Those pupils who are disabled, have special educational needs, disadvantage or speak English as an additional language are all supported well to make good progress and achieve well. Behaviour is good and at times exemplary, both in classrooms and in social areas. Pupils enjoy coming to school, reflected in their steadily improving attendance, and are eager to learn and work hard. Provision in the early years is good. Children develop an eagerness to learn new things which prepares them well for learning in Year 1. A strong ethos of nurturing and caring pervades the whole school. Families are warmly welcomed when they require help and support. Pupils are considerate and polite. They are well informed of the different forms that bullying takes, including cyber-bullying. Thoughtful, high quality care contributes much to the happy and harmonious school atmosphere. As a result, pupils feel safe and secure. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well through the wide and varied range of curriculum experiences, both in and out of school. Governors, who share the passion of the headteacher, are well informed and very committed to providing a high quality learning resource for the local community. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve are not always high enough and the quality of their questioning can be variable. As a result, progress and achievement can be a little uneven. A small minority of parents are not sure that improvements in the school’s work are fully supporting their children’s learning and development. Pupils do not always reach high enough standards in mathematics and opportunities are missed to apply and practise their mathematical skills in all subjects.