Ovingham Middle School

Name Ovingham Middle School
Website http://ovinghammiddleschool.net
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
Phone Number 01661833215
Type Secondary
Age Range 9-13
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 349 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.6
Academy Sponsor Tyne Community Learning Trust
Local Authority Northumberland
Percentage Free School Meals 8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%
Persisitent Absence 6.6%
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.