|Name||Riverside Primary Academy|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||13 March 2013|
|Address||Colliery Road, Dunston, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE11 9DX|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||285 (49% boys 51% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.9|
|Percentage Free School Meals||24.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||22.1%|
Information about this school
The school is smaller in size than an average-sized primary school. A well-above-average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium which is additional government funding for those pupils eligible for free school meals, children in the care of the local authority and children of service families. An above-average proportion of pupils are supported at school action. An average proportion of pupils are supported at school action plus or have a statement of special educational needs. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The school has achieved the National Healthy School, Inclusion Standard and Eco awards. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The Early Years Foundation Stage is taught in a separate Nursery and Reception class. The school has a breakfast club each morning managed by the governing body. Riverside Primary Academy converted to become an academy on 1 July 2012. When its predecessor school, Dunston Riverside Community Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be good with outstanding features overall.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Children get an excellent start to their time in the school. A caring, supportive and inspirational team in the Early Years Foundation Stage ensures that they are well prepared for learning from the minute they set foot in the school. By the time pupils leave the school in Year 6 standards are well above average as the school is absolutely committed to ensuring pupils make accelerated progress across the school. Teaching is outstanding and never less than good. Teachers provide creative activities that enable pupils to learn at a fast pace. Teachers’ high-quality questioning skills and the very good use of talk partners in lessons enable pupils to clearly understand what they are learning about. Teaching assistants make a significant contribution to pupils’ learning and progress. They are highly skilled and work flexibly with a range of pupils, including those who are disabled or have a special educational need, to ensure they achieve as well as everyone else. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is paramount to the school’s calm, well-ordered, caring atmosphere and pervades the life of the school. Pupils behave exceptionally well both in and out of lessons. They are very knowledgeable about keeping safe and say that they love coming to the school to learn. The school’s curriculum provides pupils with rich and memorable experiences that inspire them to learn and meets their needs exceptionally well. The headteacher’s dynamic and motivational leadership, supported by a committed staff and a strong deputy headteacher, has been instrumental in driving up standards. Rigorous checking of pupils’ progress and improvements in teaching, brought about by support and challenge to improve, have had a very positive effect on pupils’ achievements. Governors are extremely ambitious for the school and its pupils. They know the school extremely well and provide conscientious support and challenge.