Sedgefield Primary School

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About Sedgefield Primary School

Name Sedgefield Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Andrea Cox
Address Rectory Row, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 2BJ
Phone Number 01740620359
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 216
Local Authority County Durham
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Sedgefield Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

The school's vision of 'Learning Together for Life' is central to pupils and staff alike. Pupils are caring and support each other considerately.

Staff know pupils well. Many pupils said that 'everyone looks after each other'.

Leaders and staff are ambitious for every pupil to achieve well and develop pride in the local community.

This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Staff have high expectations for behaviour and learning. Leaders have developed a curriculum to include learning about the local area.

For instance, pupil...s in Year 4 recently enjoyed reading about the history of Sedgefield in 'The Magic Mobile' by local author Norma Neal.

Pupils appreciate the many opportunities to help each other by becoming buddies, peer mentors and members of the school council. Pupils know to write their worries on slips of paper.

Peer mentors help pupils with 'minor' worries. Pupils say that bullying is rare. If it happens adults are quick to sort it out.

This helps pupils to feel safe.

Pupils know they are expected to behave well in and out of lessons. Older pupils understand the importance of setting an example for younger children to follow.

They enjoy receiving praise from staff and earning 'green cards' for showing acts of kindness.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have developed an ambitious curriculum. All subjects are sequenced detailing the important knowledge and skills pupils need to acquire as they move through the school.

In reading and mathematics, planning starts from pre-school to Year 6. Teachers revisit core knowledge and skills often to ensure pupils remember important knowledge. During lessons, teachers check pupils' understanding effectively.

They identify any gaps in pupils' knowledge. This ensures pupils are well supported and prepared for future learning. For instance, in a Year 6 lesson, and after the teacher had noticed pupils required further support, a mathematics intervention enabled pupils to practise counting in multiples of three.

This helped pupils to prepare for an addition and subtraction of fractions lesson.

Younger pupils achieve well in phonics. This is because leaders ensure that all staff have expert knowledge to teach the phonics programme.

As a result, children in the early years get off to a strong start in reading. Teachers make sure that reading books are well matched to pupils' phonic knowledge. This helps pupils to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Pupils who find reading more difficult are given extra reading sessions. This is helping these pupils to catch up. Leaders ensure that pupils practise reading aloud to staff and volunteers.

Pupils read high-quality texts in lessons. Pupils enjoy reading 'The Last Bear' by Hannah Gold. They show enthusiasm for reading and explain their learning well.

Leaders have made changes to the mathematics curriculum. This is to ensure gaps in pupils' knowledge are addressed because of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many pupils have strong mathematical knowledge.

However, some pupils are not getting enough practise to apply their mathematical knowledge to problem-solving.

Children make a positive start to school in early years. In pre-school, children enjoy making rhymes by playing 'silly soup'.

Staff support children well. Carefully planned activities ensure children practise counting and writing often. This prepares children well for Reception.

Leaders are changing the early years curriculum plans to ensure they link to Year 1 planning for foundation subjects. These revisions are not complete.

Leaders ensure staff are well informed about how best to support pupils with SEND.

Effective assessment ensures pupils' needs are identified. Pupils with SEND are supported effectively to access a full and ambitious curriculum. For example, some pupils have access to technology to develop their communication and language skills.

Staff consider how to support pupils while developing pupils' independence. Leaders ensure staff receive training to support the range of pupils' needs.

Classrooms are calm, purposeful working environments.

From the start in early years, children focus on their learning well. They cooperate by taking turns and sharing. In lessons, older pupils encourage one another to achieve well in lessons.

The school's wider curriculum supports pupils' personal development exceptionally well. On Fridays, pupils come together in mixed age 'Family Groups'. They enjoy working alongside their siblings and peers.

Pupils learn about topics such as careers, significant people through history and internet safety. Leaders have forged strong links with the local community. Pupils enjoy supporting 'Sedgefield Bloomers' by planting tubs on the village green every year.

Many pupils enjoy learning to play a brass instrument or attending ukulele club. Sports clubs such as gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and yoga are well attended by pupils.

Governors are actively involved in school life.

They have a clear vision for the school moving forward. Staff feel proud to work at the school. They appreciate the support from leaders to manage their workload.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that everyone who works in the school receives regular training on safeguarding topics. This enables staff to be aware of the potential risks to pupils and to know the systems for reporting concerns.

Staff know pupils very well. This helps staff to identify pupils who may be at risk. Leaders work well with external agencies to get help for pupils and families when required.

Leaders maintain thorough records of recruitment checks for anyone who works in the school.

Pupils are taught how to stay safe, including online. They are taught road safety through activities, such as 'Bikeability'.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Pupils do not have enough opportunities to problem solve in mathematics. As a result, they do not practise or develop their reasoning skills often or well enough. Leaders should ensure that pupils are provided with regular opportunities to problem solve in mathematics.

• Curriculum plans for the early years could be improved further to identify learning connections from pre-school to Year 1 in foundation subjects. Leaders should continue with their plans to develop and embed the planned sequence of learning and identify the vocabulary children must acquire from pre-school to Year 1.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in March 2013.

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