Kells Lane Primary School

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About Kells Lane Primary School

Name Kells Lane Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Rachel Swinbank
Address Kells Lane, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5HX
Phone Number 01914334140
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 449
Local Authority Gateshead
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are happy and safe at Kells Lane Primary School. The headteacher and acting deputy headteacher have been appointed to their posts recently.

They have high expectations for pupils to achieve academically and socially. There are caring relationships throughout the school.

Reading, including phonics, is taught extremely well.

Leaders share clear planning and expectations with staff. Pupils are enthusiastic about reading. They recall many stories they have read or listened to.

Pupils apply to run their own clubs in school. Many pupils are successful. They take on their roles of responsibility enthusiastically.

Pupils offer clubs such as o...rigami and climate change. Leaders also ensure that adults provide a range of clubs for pupils including sports, music and languages clubs. Leaders encourage the most vulnerable pupils to attend, including those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and those eligible for pupil premium funding.

Many pupils benefit from the rich extra-curricular activities on offer.

The vast majority of pupils are extremely well behaved in lessons and throughout the school day. On the rare occasion that inappropriate incidents occur, they are dealt with swiftly.

Pupils are courteous and polite. The new 'Always Attitude' award motivates pupils to do the right thing. The winners celebrate by enjoying juice and a snack with the headteacher.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have created detailed, ambitious curriculum planning. The plans identify the knowledge and skills staff intend pupils to learn. Most subject leaders are knowledgeable.

They share their expertise with staff effectively. However, some leaders do not have a clear understanding of how their subject is planned and taught in the early years.

Pupils engage well with their learning.

Teaching activities are often exciting and thought-provoking. Leaders ensure that the curriculum is enhanced with many educational visits and visitors. Most recently, the Year 3 pupils attended an Anglo-Saxon 'moot' where they served justice to criminals and learned about battle tactics.

Pupils recall many aspects of their learning. They use their prior knowledge effectively and achieve well. During lessons, teachers identify and address gaps in pupils' knowledge efficiently.

However, the school's end-of-unit assessments do not precisely judge the knowledge pupils have been taught.

Leaders ensure that staff are well trained, especially to support the most vulnerable pupils. The newly developed 'Oak Room' provides a calming space for pupils.

It helps pupils to regulate their emotions. Leaders provide specialist support for pupils.For example, the weekly counselling sessions are particularly beneficial for some pupils.

Staff adjust the curriculum skilfully to include pupils with SEND. The special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) ensures that pupils' needs are identified quickly. Leaders have an informal link with a local special school.

Staff at Kells Lane benefit from the expertise of the special school's staff. The SENCo works closely with pupils and their families to support them effectively. Pupils with SEND make steady progress towards their bespoke targets.

Reading has a very high priority in school. Teachers and teaching assistants use the school's phonics scheme consistently. Pupils are assessed regularly.

Reading books and activities are carefully matched to the pupils' ability. When pupils do need help to catch up, they are identified quickly and supported well. Pupils read accurately and confidently.

Leaders promote a love of reading successfully through, for example, daily story time and the use of the reading app.

In early years, leaders have identified the knowledge, skills and vocabulary they intend children to learn. Leaders have evaluated the provision incisively.

They have identified what needs to improve. Teachers and teaching assistants communicate well with the children, extending their learning through insightful questioning. Staff teach children to use a high level of vocabulary accurately.

For example, children in Nursery use the word 'subitising' during mathematics activities correctly. Staff ensure that children are engaged and challenged in the learning environment, both indoors and outdoors. Staff keep parents and carers updated about their child's learning.

Leaders ensure that pupils are taught effectively about keeping safe and healthy. Pupils know how to raise concerns. They have a deep understanding of equality.

Although pupils are unaware of the phrase 'British values', they talk confidently about two of these values, democracy and the rule of law, in the context of school life. Many roles in school help pupils to develop their leadership skills well. Opportunities include membership of the school council or eco committee, librarians, team captains and head boy and head girl.

The school is well led and managed. Governors are aware of their statutory duties.Staff feel valued and supported by leaders.

The overwhelming majority of pupils and parents speak highly of the school. Parents value electronic communication between school and home. These electronic updates keep them informed about their child's exciting experiences at school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Pupils' safety is of the utmost importance at this school. Leaders provide thorough training and regular updates for staff.

Records show that concerns are logged swiftly. Staff identify pupils who need help quickly. Leaders take appropriate action to keep pupils safe.

They liaise with external agencies well. Staff make the necessary checks to ensure that adults are suitable to work at the school. The governor with responsibility for safeguarding provides effective support and challenge to leaders.

He checks documentation and procedures regularly.

Leaders adapt the curriculum skilfully to ensure that pupils are taught to keep themselves safe both on and offline. The safeguarding updates in the weekly newsletters keep parents well informed.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some foundation subjects, end-of-unit assessments are not matched precisely enough to the curriculum. Teachers do not identify gaps in pupils' knowledge consistently. Leaders need to refine their approach to assessment so that pupils' learning in all curriculum areas is checked accurately.

• Some subject leaders do not have a clear understanding of how their subject is planned and taught in the early years. As a result, they do not have an accurate overview of learning in their subject and do not know how pupils are prepared for Year 1. Leaders need to ensure that subject leaders have a thorough working knowledge of their subject and that planning from early years to Year 6 is well sequenced.

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