Front Street Community Primary School


Name Front Street Community Primary School
Website http://www.frontstreetprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 18 January 2017
Address North View, Whickham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE16 4AY
Phone Number 01914881941
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 450 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.8
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 13.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4%

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Front Street Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are White British. Few pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is below average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor targets, which are the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress at the end of Key stage 2. At the request of the local authority, Front Street Primary School provided support to Winlaton West Lane Primary School between February and August 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher and other senior leaders provide highly effective leadership. They have created a culture in which staff and pupils excel. All members of staff share a common commitment to improve the school. Strong and effective partnerships with the local authority and other schools have helped members of staff to refine and improve their practice. The school is increasingly recognised as a centre with strong practice worthy of wider dissemination. Outcomes in all phases of the school have improved since the last inspection. Pupils make significantly better progress than is typical in reading, writing and mathematics. By the end of Year 6, pupils’ attainment is well above the national average. The wider curriculum provides many stimulating and memorable experiences. However, opportunities for pupils to practise and master the skills that underpin some subjects are underdeveloped. The quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers hold very high expectations and teach with energy and purpose. Lessons move at a brisk pace and challenge pupils to think deeply. Pupils’ enjoyment of learning is consistently evident across the whole school. Pupils participate enthusiastically and develop as confident, capable learners. Pupils are unerringly polite and courteous towards one another and members of staff. Older pupils provide excellent role models for younger children. Safeguarding arrangements are rigorous. Pupils feel safe and know how to keep themselves safe. Children make an excellent start in the early years. They make rapid progress in reading, writing and number work in both the Nursery and Reception classes. Children are well prepared to begin more formal education in Year 1. Attendance is above the national average. Pupils look forward to coming to school and are proud of their new school building. Parents are unanimous in their praise for the school. The governors are ambitious and unrelenting in their pursuit of excellence. They provide an effective balance of support and challenge. They know the school well because they make frequent checks on the quality of provision.