Framwellgate School Durham


Name Framwellgate School Durham
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 01 May 2018
Address Newton Drive, Framwellgate Moor, Durham, DH1 5BQ
Phone Number 01913866628
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1115 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.6
Academy Sponsor The Excel Academy Partnership
Local Authority Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 14.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.9%

Information about this school

Framwellgate School is an average-sized secondary academy with a sixth form. It is a single school within The Excel Partnership Trust, with a board of trustees and a local governing body. A new headteacher was appointed in September 2017. The senior leadership team was appointed during the Autumn Term 2017. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is below average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is also below average. Most pupils are of White British heritage. A small number of pupils attend alternative provision on one of five different programmes: The Woodlands; Home on the Range; Five Palms; The Stadium of Light and provision organised by the local authority’s Education Health Needs Team.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Following the last inspection, former school leaders did not take robust action to prevent a decline in pupils’ progress. A legacy of weak teaching continues to affect the learning of current pupils. Consequently, pupils’ progress is uneven across subject areas and requires improvement. Groups of pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils and the most able pupils, make less progress than pupils nationally. Despite recent improvements, the quality of teaching remains inconsistent across the school. Some teachers do not use assessment information effectively enough to plan challenging activities for pupils in lessons. Some teachers’ expectations of what pupils can do and achieve are too low, particularly at key stage 3. Leaders and governors do not check carefully that the additional funding for Year 7 pupils who need to catch up, and for those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, is making a difference. Although most pupils attend well, some disadvantaged pupils are regularly absent from school. The school has the following strengths The new headteacher, supported by a recently-appointed and skilled senior team, has brought much-needed drive and ambition to the school. In a short period of time, they have tackled a significant number of weaknesses effectively. Pupils’ behaviour, sixth-form achievement and pupils’ progress in English and mathematics have improved. The quality of teaching is also improving. Pupils behave very well around the school. Most are attentive in lessons and show respect for each other’s opinions. Parents and pupils value the high level of support provided by the school’s pastoral team. The sixth form is good. Most students make strong progress in their chosen studies. They are well supported to go on to higher education, training or employment.