Lumley Junior School

Name Lumley Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 March 2014
Address Cocken Lane, Great Lumley, Chester le Street, County Durham, DH3 4JJ
Phone Number 01913882310
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 157 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.5
Local Authority Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 14.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

Almost all pupils are White British in this smaller than average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority. A below-average proportion of pupils are supported by school action. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is a little above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school has achieved the Artsmark Gold award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has improved rapidly since the previous inspection. Standards in English and mathematics have been rising for the past three years. They are currently above average. All pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 make good progress. They achieve well from broadly average starting points. Pupils’ good attitudes to learning and their good behaviour are strong contributions to their good achievement. They feel very safe in school. The quality of teaching is consistently good. Some teaching is outstanding. Pupils say that their lessons are enjoyable, ‘Because we actually do things’. The management of teaching and learning by the headteacher is one of the school’s best strengths. It has had the greatest influence on pupils’ achievement since the previous inspection. The governing body has supported and challenged the school well and has been an additional driving force in the school’s success. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet outstanding overall. The best examples of teaching are not yet shared as effectively as they could be. Standards in writing are not as high as those seen in reading and mathematics. Expectations with regard to pupils’ handwriting are too low and marking in subjects other than English and mathematics is not consistently good.