Mortimer Primary School

Name Mortimer Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Mortimer Road, South Shields, NE34 0RW
Phone Number 01914554504
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 603 (49.3% boys 50.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.5
Local Authority South Tyneside
Percentage Free School Meals 9.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.4%
Persistent Absence 9.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.3%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (18 December 2012)
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Information about this school

Mortimer is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The vast majority of pupils are White British and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium is lower than average The proportion of pupils supported at school action, by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is lower than average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Mortimer Primary is outstanding. This includes the pupils’ personal development as well as their academic achievement. Teaching and learning are outstanding across the school. Teachers have high expectations, are very enthusiastic and bring out the best in the pupils. Learning is a real partnership between the teachers and their pupils. All groups of pupils make outstanding progress and leave at the end of Year 6 with standards that are consistently above those found nationally. Teaching assistants provide outstanding support, so that those pupils who have additional needs make outstanding progress. This school is an exciting place to be where everyone respects each other. Extensive and attractive wall displays celebrate the pupils’ work and everywhere you go pupils are busy and purposefully occupied. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. The mature way in which they work together in lessons is a major factor in their successful learning. Pupils genuinely celebrate the successes of others and promote safety extremely well. The school provides an extensive range of additional opportunities to enhance learning and this promotes exceptional spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils have many meaningful cultural experiences, especially in music and the arts. They have, however, fewer opportunities to deepen their understanding of variety of cultures that exist in the United Kingdom today. Leaders work together very effectively and they have been instrumental in bringing about many improvements since the previous inspection, such as pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching. Governors are very knowledgeable and highly involved with the school. They have helped the school to improve by holding it to account extremely well, keeping leaders on their toes. Parents think very highly of the school. One parent told the inspectors that the school deserves ‘10 out of 10’. Pupils say there is nothing that they would change about their school. As one pupil put `It’s a privilege to be here’.