Parkhead Community Primary School

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Parkhead Community Primary School

Name Parkhead Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 June 2014
Address Park Lane, Winlaton, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE21 6LT
Phone Number 01914335618
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 362 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.3
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 31.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.1%
Persisitent Absence 7.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a much larger than average-sized primary school, Almost all children are of White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is well below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below that usually found. Currently, twice the average proportion of pupils is eligible for pupil premium funding. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. The school met the government’s current floor standards in 2013, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The school provides a breakfast and an after-school club each day. Blaydon Day Care Centre is a privately run day-care facility located on the site, but is not managed by the governing body. It is subject to a separate inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The excellent vision and determination of the headteacher has led to considerable progress since the previous inspection, in the drive to eradicate past underachievement. Good teaching with occasional elements of splendid thought-provoking practice enables all pupils to achieve well. Children enter the Nursery and make good progress from their below typical starting points. This good progress continues through the school to enable pupils to reach average standards by the time they end Year 6. Pupils with disabilities and those with special educational needs progress as well as their classmates because they receive the right sort of help. Pupils’ behaviour in classrooms and around school is good. Their above average attendance reflects their high levels of enjoyment of school. The interesting range of first-hand experiences which are provided meet pupils’ varied needs well. The good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development successfully underpins their good personal development. Good and sometimes high-quality care and support ensures that all pupils can feel safe, thrive and achieve well. The headteacher and the governing body form a strong team. Their decisive actions have had a positive impact improving the quality of teaching and learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Now and again opportunities are missed to add to the demands made of pupils, be imaginative when shaping tasks to capture pupils’ interest, practise essential skills and precisely scrutinise pupils’ progress and achievement. Work is not always adapted quickly enough, when it is too easy or too hard, to enable pupils’ thinking to be constantly stretched and their understanding deepened.