Marlborough Primary School

Name Marlborough Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 November 2012
Address Marlborough Road, Sulgrave Village, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE37 3BG
Phone Number 01914164311
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 200 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.2
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 45.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10%
Persisitent Absence 8.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 30.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Usworth Grange is a smaller than average primary school. It no longer has a resourced special educational needs unit. Most pupils are from a White British heritage. Two-thirds of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium (which provides additional funding for children in local authority care, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children from service families). The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average. Seven teachers have been replaced since the last inspection. The governing body has been restructured with a new Chair of the Governing Body, vice-chair and members. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher and the new governing body have taken a strong lead in driving significant change and improvement in the last 18 months. Children make a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage because the teaching is good. Reading, writing and mathematics are taught very well across the school. Good teaching ensures all pupils from different backgrounds achieve well and make good progress. Behaviour and attendance have significantly improved and pupils say they feel very safe. Parents, pupils, and staff are highly positive about the changes made by the headteacher and the impact they are making on learning, achievement and behaviour. The governing body makes sure money is well spent and takes swift action to move the school forward. Results in national tests are much better and are at least average. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The proportion of outstanding teaching is not yet high enough to sustain outstanding achievement. Not enough pupils reach the highest levels of achievement because their progress over time is not as fast as it could be.