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This is a good school Safeguarding, which had serious shortcomings at the time of the previous inspection, is now effective.
Governance, following a thorough and timely external review, is improving rapidly. New governors, with skills in safeguarding and education, have strengthened the expertise of the governing body. Governors now understand and fulfil their statutory responsibilities.
The headteacher, showing considerable determination and fortitude, has led the school from requiring special measures to good in just six months. She ensured that staff morale remained buoyant throughout the school's improvement journey. Other senior, middle and subject leader...s have supported the headteacher well.
They have a clear understanding of the school's strengths and areas for development. The leadership of, and provision for, vulnerable pupils and pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is strong. Pupils' outcomes have been good over time.
Overall, pupils' outcomes continue to be good in all key stages. Pupils are courteous, polite and respectful as a matter of course. They are self-confident learners who are a credit to themselves, their teachers and the school.
Pupils wear their uniform with pride. Teachers plan learning activities that enable the vast majority of pupils to make rapid progress. However, expectations of the most able and most able disadvantaged pupils are not high enough throughout the school.
Highly skilled teaching assistants use their knowledge well to lead many effective intervention activities. Teaching assistants are a strength of the school. Children in the early years enjoy school.
Overall, their work shows they make strong progress in the well-equipped indoor and outdoor learning environments. However, boys, the most able and the most able disadvantaged children are capable of more rapid progress. Overall, pupils' attendance is above the national average.
However, a small proportion of disadvantaged pupils, pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and pupils in Years 3 and 6 do not attend school often enough. 5.7
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The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The school is much larger than the average primary school. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals is higher than that found nationally.
Nearly all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities receiving support is well above the national average, as is the proportion who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. In 2016, the school met the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6.
The school is part of the East Cleveland Cooperative Learning Trust (ECCLT). The ECCLT is an education trust of 14 primary schools and academies, three secondary schools and academies and one specialist academy. The school is an integral member of the North East Schools Teaching Alliance (NESTA).
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