Frosterley Primary School

Name Frosterley Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 December 2012
Address Bridge End, Frosterley, Weardale, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL13 2SN
Phone Number 01388528358
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority County Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 31%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is much smaller than the average sized primary school. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is average. The proportions of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are above average. There is a breakfast club and many after-school clubs which are managed by the governing body and run voluntarily by staff. A private, voluntary, pre-school group managed by the governing body and monitored by the local authority has operated on the school site since September 2012. The schools meet the current government floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment. There have been significant changes to staffing since the last inspection. There is now stability in staffing arrangements and continuity of teaching for all pupils. There are three classes or teams for pupils in Reception and Year 1; Years 2, 3 and some Year 4; some Year 4 Year 5 and 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress. Their attainment is above average at the end of Year 6. Teaching is good. Work is well planned to be hard enough for all pupils and helps pupils enjoy learning. As a result, they make rapid progress in reading and mathematics. The curriculum helps pupils see how subjects link together and how their learning is used in real-life situations. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is good. The headteacher has a clear view of what is good about the school and what needs to be improved further. She is well supported by the deputy headteacher and the governing body who make sure that everyone knows that high standards are expected. Procedures to check the quality of teaching and to provide training to help teachers improve their teaching are accurate and successful. As a result, teaching has improved. Pupils’ behaviour is good; they say they feel very safe. They play a large part in helping all pupils to play and behave well together. Attendance is above average. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Information about pupils’ progress is not used well enough to provide leaders with a clear understanding of how much progress pupils are making in different classes. Marking and target-setting do not tell pupils clearly how to take the next steps in their learning. Pupils are not given time to act upon any advice that is given by their teachers. Pupils do not have enough opportunities to use their writing skills in English and in different subjects. As a result, there is slower progress in writing. Presentation and handwriting are not neat enough.