Marine Park Primary School

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About Marine Park Primary School

Name Marine Park Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Alison Burden
Address Hatfield Square, Woodbine Estate, South Shields, NE33 2RD
Phone Number 01914554513
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 183
Local Authority South Tyneside
Highlights from Latest Inspection


There has been no change to this school's overall judgement of outstanding as a result of this ungraded (section 8) inspection. However, the evidence gathered suggests that the inspection grade might not be as high if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now. The school's next inspection will be a graded inspection.

What is it like to attend this school?

Marine Park Primary School is a multicultural, inclusive and welcoming school. Pupils are proud to attend. The school provides pupils with real-life experiences to help them learn about the world and how they can contribute to it.

For example, school council votes take place in the school's polling station. This gives p...upils a realistic experience of exercising democracy. Pupils speak positively about leadership opportunities in school and believe that these are open to everyone.

The school has high expectations for all pupils. This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Leaders have developed a curriculum that is ambitious and prepares pupils for their next stage.

Most pupils achieve well in this school. Pupils who speak English as an additional language are well supported. The school has many pupils that join mid-year.

There are effective systems in place to ensure that these pupils are quickly involved in the life of the school.

The curriculum helps pupils identify risks and harmful behaviours. For example, the school teaches pupils how to use the internet safely.

Behaviour in lessons is excellent. Pupils work well together. Pupils take great pride in their work and enjoy taking part in a range of extra-curricular opportunities provided by the school.

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

Reading is prioritised in this school. The teaching of phonics begins early in Reception. The phonics curriculum ensures that most children learn to read quickly.

The books that children read match the sounds they know. This helps them to develop fluency in their reading. Teachers do identify those pupils that need additional practice and extra support.

However, for some pupils, this does not happen quickly enough. As a result, some pupils who need help with reading do not get the support they need when they need it.

The school provides several ways for pupils to develop a love of reading.

The reading garden and lunchtime reading club are very popular with pupils. The school has developed ways to engage parents in reading with their children. For example, parents and children are invited to share books and a drink together at the 'hot chocolate' club.

The school has developed a curriculum that is ambitious for pupils. In mathematics lessons, pupils have daily opportunities to revisit prior learning and vocabulary. This builds pupils' confidence.

The school encourages pupils to talk about their mathematical reasoning and 'prove' their answer is correct with peers. Pupils are familiar with this expectation and do this well. In other subjects, the school has recently introduced ways to help pupils remember their learning in the long term.

Pupils with SEND are well supported by highly trained staff. The school engages with external specialists to identify pupils' needs and provide the support that they need. The school provides speech and language therapy for those who need it.

The school has clear expectations of behaviour in the classroom. Pupils behave well in lessons and have a positive attitude to learning. They work well in pairs and groups right from the early years.

However, some pupils feel that behaviour is not as positive during playtimes.

The personal development of pupils is a real strength of the school. Pupils develop a secure understanding of other religions and cultures.

There are several leadership opportunities throughout school. The 'mini police' group develops pupils' links with the wider community. The school provides several lunchtime clubs for those pupils who cannot attend clubs after school.

As a result, all pupils have the opportunity to develop their talents and interests. Leaders prioritise raising pupil's aspirations. Pupils talk about why their learning is important for future career choices.

Leaders and governors know the school community well. Governors understand their statutory duties and hold leaders to account effectively. Staff are proud to work in this school.

They appreciate recent changes made by leaders to reduce their workload.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Sometimes the assessment of pupils' phonics knowledge is not frequent or detailed enough.

As a result, some pupils who need help in reading are not identified quickly enough and so do not get the support they need. The school should ensure that gaps in pupils' reading knowledge are addressed effectively and quickly.


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

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

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

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be outstanding in March 2017.

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