Ox Close Primary School

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About Ox Close Primary School

Name Ox Close Primary School
Website http://www.ox-close.durham.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Anna Bowden
Address Ox Close Crescent, Spennymoor, DL16 6RU
Phone Number 01388814860
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 310
Local Authority County Durham
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The executive headteacher and the head of school are uncompromising in their drive to ensure that all members of the school community achieve the school motto of 'Be the best you can be'. Governors are highly skilled and ambitious for the school's future.

They use their collective expertise to improve pupils' outcomes, both socially and academically. Well-structured and skilled teaching of phonics in the early years and key stage 1 ensures that, by the end of Year 1, pupils have very strong phonics knowledge. Teachers and teaching assistants work effectively together to meet pupils' emotional needs.

They know the pupils very well and this... secures the warm and trusting relationships that exist in the school. Ambitious leadership and excellent teaching from teachers and teaching assistants have ensured that children in the early years thrive both academically and socially. Leaders provide excellent opportunities to support pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Pupils discuss and debate issues in a sensible and mature way. They show respect for others' ideas and promote equality for all. Skilled teachers and support staff are highly trained and demonstrate strong subject knowledge.

The quality of teaching in English and mathematics is effective. As a result, pupils make good progress in these subjects. However, leaders recognise that the progress of boys is less strong than that of girls, particularly in writing.

Pupils enjoy their learning and mostly work conscientiously. However, occasionally, a small number of pupils lack concentration. This is particularly the case during small-group activities and when working with talk partners.

Leaders have recently redesigned the curriculum. The quality of teaching in subjects such as history and geography is improving. However, the work pupils do is sometimes too easy, particularly for the most able pupils.

Additionally, teaching is not fully effective in filling the existing gaps in pupils' knowledge. All staff are fully aware of the important role they play in keeping pupils safe. A strong safeguarding culture is evident.

Pupils are rightly proud of their school and do not want to miss a moment. Attendance is above average.

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school.

The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium funding is average.

The proportion of pupils with SEND who receive additional support is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND with an education, health and care plan is lower than the national average. The school federated with Oxclose Nursery School in November 2018.

Also at this postcode
Oxclose Nursery School

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