Mickley First School

Name Mickley First School
Website http://www.mickley.northumberland.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 10 July 2013
Address Mickley, West Road, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7BG
Phone Number 01661842269
Type Primary
Age Range 3-9
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 88 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.7
Academy Sponsor Tyne Community Learning Trust
Local Authority Northumberland
Percentage Free School Meals 9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average-sized first school. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, who are looked after by the local authority or children from service families, is very low. In some years there are no such pupils. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs who are supported through school action is well below average. The proportion of those supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. In 2012 the school met the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement is good. Attainment at the end of Year 4 is above average and all groups of pupils make good progress. The quality of teaching is good and has improved as a result of higher expectations of pupils. Some teaching is outstanding, particularly in Key Stage 2. Pupils’ behaviour and their understanding of how to stay safe are outstanding. All pupils feel safe and say how well the school cares for them. The school is led by a determined and very effective headteacher, ably supported by an ambitious governing body and, increasingly, by other leaders within the school. Leaders share a determination to improve the school. Their clear focus on raising standards has resulted in better teaching and improving achievement. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is very strong and pupils regard their school as a real community. They feel very well cared for and, in turn, care for, and about, each other. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are not enough lessons that are outstanding, enabling pupils to make outstanding progress. The best practice is not always shared amongst staff. Teachers mark work regularly and provide suggestions about how to improve but do not provide opportunities for pupils to make these improvements. Subject leaders do not have enough opportunities to find out how good teaching and learning are in their subject or to improve them further.