Langley Moor Primary School

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About Langley Moor Primary School

Name Langley Moor Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs C Ferguson
Address Brandon Lane, Langley Moor, Durham, DH7 8LL
Phone Number 01913780103
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 195
Local Authority County Durham
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Langley Moor Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Langley Moor is a happy, caring and supportive place.

Pupils value the strong relationships they have with staff. They appreciate the care and guidance they get from their teachers. Pupils know that teachers expect them to work hard and achieve well.

Pupils show strong levels of concentration in their lessons. This helps them to do well in their learning.

Leaders are ambitious for all pupils.

Leaders make regular checks to ensure that the curriculum is well taught. Pupils enjoy a wide range of clubs and educational visits including forest school, dodgeball, c...heer leading and crafts. Recently, pupils in Year 5 visited a local outdoor museum to support their learning about mining in the area.

Pupils enjoy reading. They have opportunities to read to adults in school and to be read to.

Pupils behave well in school.

They understand what bullying is. Pupils explain that bullying is rare. They know that their teachers sort it out successfully when it happens.

Pupils feel safe. This is because they know that staff always have time to listen to them. Pupils are respectful and very welcoming to visitors.

They have a good understanding of diversity.

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

Leaders are ambitious for their pupils. They want all pupils at Langley Moor to have the best experiences and opportunities possible.

They have planned a suitably ambitious curriculum to help achieve this goal. Pupils' learning is thoughtfully sequenced and teachers implement the curriculum well. It meets the needs of pupils well, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Curriculum plans for subjects, such as history and mathematics, are carefully sequenced. Leaders have set out clearly the knowledge and skills they want pupils to learn. For example, pupils in Year 6 confidently use the knowledge and understanding of different monarchs from previous history lessons to help them make comparisons as to their power and impact on the country.

In mathematics, teachers provide opportunities for pupils to continually revisit and review previous learning. Leaders ensure there is a focus on developing pupils' mathematical vocabulary. In Reception, mathematics is a high priority.

Children are taught mathematical concepts daily. They enjoy learning how to divide objects up into two equal parts using a variety of blocks and counters.

Staff have high expectations of children in the early years.

Adults model language and communication skills well. This helps children to immerse themselves in their learning and settle into routines. Children have positive attitudes to their learning.

Children learn to make choices in their learning and develop independence. Teachers plan learning activities that are matched to children's needs. Staff waste no time in teaching children in the early years how to read.

Children learn to retell well-known stories and enjoy songs and rhymes.

Reading is a key priority for the school. There is a consistent approach to teaching phonics.

Pupils read books that closely match the sounds that they know. This helps them to become fluent readers. Teachers make regular checks on the sounds pupils have been taught to see if they remember them.

When pupils fall behind in their reading, they get extra help to catch up quickly. Pupils with SEND are skilfully supported by adults. As a result, these pupils achieve well and start key stage 2 as confident readers.

As pupils get older, they read texts with increasing confidence. Pupils enjoy reading a wide range of books and they value the importance of reading.

Leaders have systems in place to check that lessons follow their curriculum plans.

However, recent changes to subject leadership and restrictions due to COVID-19 have limited the monitoring that leaders can do. As a result, leaders do not know the impact of their plans on pupils' learning.

Staff support pupils' social and emotional needs well.

A caring and supportive ethos is evident throughout the school. This includes the way in which pupils support one another. Older pupils are proud to take on roles that support their peers.

Jobs, such as the anti-bullying champions, give pupils the opportunity to help resolve differences on the playground. Pupils are very accepting of each other. During discussions, they are able to talk about the importance of being different and understand difference is to be celebrated and enjoyed.

Staff said that they feel valued in school and that leaders are approachable. Leaders are considerate of the staff's workload and well-being. Governors are knowledgeable.

They hold leaders to account effectively.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders see pupils' safety as one of the most important aspect of the school's work.

Staff know pupils and their families very well. They use this knowledge, alongside regular training, to keep pupils safe.

Leaders are tenacious in their pursuit of appropriate support for pupils and families in need.

They respond promptly to concerns and make referrals to outside agencies when required. Leaders ensure that the most vulnerable pupils receive the support that they need.

The curriculum gives pupils many opportunities to learn how to stay safe.

Pupils know that adults will help them if they have any problems.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Subject leaders have not monitored the impact of curriculum developments that have been implemented. This is due to the impact of COVID-19 and recent changes in subject leadership within the school.

As a result, the impact of subject leaders' actions to improve wider curriculum areas is not fully understood. Leaders with curriculum responsibilities should now make regular checks on their subject so that they are clear on the impact their actions are having.


When we have judged school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called a section 8 inspection of a good or outstanding school, because it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection as a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the second section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good in January 2017.

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