|Name||Silver Tree Primary School and Nursery|
|Address||Durham Road, Ushaw Moor, Durham, DH7 7LF|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||180 (57.8% boys 42.2% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.6|
|Local Authority||County Durham|
|Percentage Free School Meals||46.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||6.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||18.3%%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Inspection
Information about this school
Silver Tree Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium funding is well above average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above average.
The majority of pupils come from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils whose first language is not English is well below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
The schoool has recently acquired a silver Primary School Science Quality Award.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The headteacher has provided committed leadership that has transformed the learning culture at the school. She has established an ethos of high expectations among staff, pupils and parents.
The headteacher has acted decisively to improve standards of teaching, learning and assessment through an effective mixture of challenge and support. Senior leaders have introduced convincing systems to check pupils’ progress, the accuracy of assessment and the quality of teaching. Teachers are securing improvements in pupils’ progress across key stages and the early years.
Pupils are making consistently good progress from their starting points. Teachers have created a collective focus on reading across the school. Pupils read with fluency, insight and enthusiasm.
Pupils made outstanding progress in reading at the end of key stage 2 in 2017. Governors are passionate in their commitment to the school. They have worked closely with the headteacher to develop highly effective systems to check key aspects of performance.
The arrangements for safeguarding pupils are extremely effective. The actions of leaders and teachers significantly enhance the well-being of children and families. School leaders, effectively supported by the pupil welfare officer, have secured extremely high rates of attendance.
Pupils and their parents value the supportive ethos of the school. Teachers do much to enhance pupils’ wider understanding of the world. They promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding in meaningful ways.
Although pupils make very good progress, in some year groups the proportions of pupils working at greater depths of understanding remain variable. Middle leaders are purposefully involved in developing initiatives to enhance the quality of teaching. Strategies to accelerate pupils’ progress in mathematics and to strengthen the wider curriculum are less well developed.