Mill Hill Primary School

Name Mill Hill Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 November 2014
Address Doxford Park, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR3 2LE
Phone Number 01915536036
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 403 (42% boys 58% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.1
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 12.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.5%
Persisitent Absence 6.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or are cared for by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ achievement in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6. Almost all pupils are White British. Children attend the early years provision full time. The headteacher is relatively new in post.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The very effective headteacher, ably supported by senior leaders and other leaders, has worked well to improve teaching and pupils’ achievement. Pupils achieve well. They make good progress from their starting points and, as a result, attainment has risen and is above average. Teaching is consistently good and some is better. Teachers know their pupils well and so can plan learning that captures their interest. Pupils’ behaviour around the school is good. They are welcoming to visitors, respectful of adults and one another and proud to be members of this school. Attendance has risen and is above average because pupils want to come to school. Pupils say that they feel extremely safe and parents agree that this is a very safe and secure school. Pupils say that bullying is uncommon. The governing body has a good understanding of the school’s many strengths and any areas for development. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is very well developed through the curriculum, which is designed to meet the needs of all the pupils. Traditional British values are woven throughout the curriculum and extracurricular events. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Achievement in writing is not as good as it is in reading and mathematics. Teachers’ expectations of pupils’ writing in their topic work are not as high as they are in their literacy lessons. Teachers’ marking of writing in other subjects is not as helpful to pupils as it is in literacy and mathematics. Teachers do not consistently learn from one another by watching the best teachers at work. Teachers’ planning in early years does not give children enough opportunities to investigate and find things out for themselves. Adults in early years do not have high enough expectations of what children should achieve.