Knop Law Primary School

Name Knop Law Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 19 November 2013
Address Hillhead Parkway, Chapel House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE5 1DS
Phone Number 01912674453
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 360 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.7
Local Authority Newcastle upon Tyne
Percentage Free School Meals 13.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.8%
Persisitent Absence 5.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.9%
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 larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority. Most pupils are White British with a few from other minority ethnic groups. Almost all pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational need is well below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school holds the International Schools Award and the Artsmark Gold Award. Since the last inspection, five years ago, there have been a significant number of staffing changes. In September 2010, the school moved half a mile, from a shared site with another school, to the new school building.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. They enter the Reception Year with typical skills for their age. Pupils make rapid and sustained progress throughout the school so that by the end of Year 6, standards in mathematics, writing and reading are high. Much of the teaching is outstanding and never less than consistently good. Teachers plan exciting lessons that interest all pupils. They create many opportunities for pupils to work together and to learn from research activities. Teachers use pupils’ past learning exceptionally well. This helps them set work that matches pupils’ needs and abilities. Teaching assistants, and other adults, are used extremely well to support pupils’ learning both in class and in small group activities outside the classroom. Behaviour is outstanding because pupils take exceptional responsibility for their learning. This makes a very strong contribution to their outstanding progress. Pupils say they enjoy school and that they are safe. Parents and staff strongly agree that pupils are safe and enjoy school. The headteacher’s strong passion and ambition for all the pupils to do well are known to all staff. Staff are clear about what is expected of them. They, along with parents, make a significant contribution to pupils’ outstanding achievement. The curriculum offers many exciting opportunities for learning with pupils taking part in many additional activities. It makes an outstanding contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Leaders and managers have a very accurate view of how well the school is doing. They check the quality of teaching very rigorously and use their findings to drive up its quality. Leaders and managers use a wide range of information to check pupils’ progress. Some middle leaders have yet to develop their skills fully to use data systems for measuring the effect of their actions on pupils’ progress. Governors know the school exceptionally well. They use their wide range of skills and expertise to support the school so that the needs of all pupils are met. As a result of outstanding leadership and management, pupils are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage of their education.