Ovingham Church of England First School

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Ovingham Church of England First School


Name Ovingham Church of England First School
Website http://www.ovinghamfirst.northumberland.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
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 13 June 2012
Address Ovingham, Prudhoe, Northumberland, NE42 6DE
Phone Number 01661832581
Type Primary
Age Range 5-9
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 132 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22
Academy Sponsor Tyne Community Learning Trust
Local Authority Northumberland
Percentage Free School Meals 6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.8%
Persisitent Absence 6.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage and none speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is average. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. Recent accreditations include the Artsmark, Basic Skills award, Food for Life award, Anti-Bullying accreditation and the Green Flag Eco School award. The school is not subject to government floor standards. The school site is shared by Ovingham and District Under 5’s provision. This provision was subject to a separate inspection and the report will be published on the Ofsted web-site.Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is an outstanding school. Incisive systems of self-evaluation lead to swift, well planned actions for improvement. As a result, the school has built exceptionally well on the strengths identified at the time of the last inspection and has successfully addressed relative weaknesses. Pupils make rapid and sustained progress overtime. By the time they leave the school in Year 4 their achievement is outstanding. The majority of pupils reach levels of attainment which are consistently above those expected for their age. Typically attainment is at least a year beyond that expected. The majority of teaching is outstanding and the remainder is consistently good. Teachers skilfully motivate pupils to do the best they can by setting learning into contexts that are fun and relevant to pupils’ everyday experiences. Verbal feedback in lessons provides pupils with a very clear understanding of how to improve their work. Feedback through detailed marking of completed work is occasionally not as effective. In the Early Years Foundation Stage children thoroughly enjoy activities such as ‘going to the moon’ which provide opportunities for good progress to be made across all areas of their learning. Occasionally, activities are directed too closely by adults and limit the development of independent learning skills. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are exemplary. They consistently demonstrate very high levels of engagement. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is outstanding. In discussion and through their actions pupils demonstrate an excellent understanding of how to stay safe. The headteacher’s insightful vision for the school is based securely on rigorous analysis of the impact of school provision on outcomes for pupils. This ensures that the actions taken to improve teaching and staff performance lead to all pupils, whatever their prior ability, achieving as well as they can. An outstanding curriculum, in which the focus for pupils’ learning is exceptionally well chosen, results in pupils’ outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.