|Name||Ovingham Middle School|
|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||12 December 2012|
|Address||West Road, Ovingham, Prudhoe, Northumberland, NE42 6DE|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||349 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.6|
|Academy Sponsor||Tyne Community Learning Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0.9%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Ovingham Middle School, deemed secondary, caters for pupils from Years 5 to 8. This means that it is significantly smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of pupils who need extra help with their education through school action or school action plus is well below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with a statement of special educational needs is broadly in line with the national average. Pupils eligible for free school meals, those who have been in care for more than six months, and those whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces are eligible for additional funding called the pupil premium. The proportion of these pupils currently in school is lower than average. The school uses the local authority Education Other Than At School service (EOTAS) to support targeted pupils, partly in school and partly at a local library. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which sets the minimum expected for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the previous inspection, a new headteacher has been appointed and been in post for the past three years.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils’ attainment is above average at the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) and at the end of Year 8, when they leave the school. The pupils make good overall progress during their time in school. Teaching is good and helps the pupils make good progress. There is a high level of mutual respect between staff and pupils, which makes the pupils feel valued and safe in school. Behaviour is good. The headteacher leads the school very well, and has the full support of all staff and governors. The headteacher, staff and governors know the school’s strengths and areas for further development, and are jointly taking decisive action to make continuous improvements. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are some differences in the performance of different groups of pupils. Not all teachers take sufficient account of pupils’ prior attainment to provide lesson content that challenges all abilities. Some lessons provide too few opportunities for the pupils to work independently of the teacher. Some lesson activities provide too little time for the pupils to consolidate and reflect on their learning. Some weaknesses in the plan that the school uses to make improvements mean that staff and governors are not able to accurately assess the rate of progress that the school is making at different times over the life of the plan.