St Andrew’s Primary School


Name St Andrew’s Primary School
Website http://www.st-andrews-pri.durham.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 October 2019
Address St Andrew’s Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 6RY
Phone Number 01388605385
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 132 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.6
Local Authority County Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 54.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.5%
Persisitent Absence 17.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy their time at St Andrew’s Primary School. They describe it as a happy school and parents agree.Pupils feel welcome, safe and included in a school community that cares for them. Older pupils have seen their school improve over time. They say that the headteacher and staff help them to be more confident. Pupils appreciate practical and outdoor-based learning experiences.Pupils take a pride in their school and its surroundings. Each month, pupils and staff explore one of the school’s core values. This helps pupils understand concepts such as taking responsibility and pride. Older pupils take part in ecological projects such as clearing a stream or picking up litter.

Pupils enjoy visiting places of interest, like the Angel of the North. Such experiences inspire pupils’ work in art back at school. Pupils say that school is exciting and interesting and that they don’t want to miss a day.

Pupils told us that they rarely see their classmates upset at playtime. The learning mentor helps to sort out everyday problems. Bullying is rare. Pupils are confident that if it occurred, staff would deal with it immediately. Pupils behave well and show respect to each other and to adults.

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

The headteacher has provided a clear focus on improving the quality of education. Leaders and teachers have put in place a curriculum that is ambitious for all pupils and staff. Pupils get on well with their teachers and enjoy their learning. Pupils enjoy the range of subjects including physical education (PE) and art. Leaders have designed plans for what pupils will learn in each subject of the curriculum. Teachers organise English and mathematics lessons so that pupils build on what they know. Most subjects follow this approach. In some subjects such as history, the sequencing of learning is not yet as well developed.

Subject leaders have put in place new teaching plans and worked with the local authority to further develop their skills. As a result, the quality of teaching continues to improve. However, some subject leaders have only been in post for a very short period of time and are just starting to have a significant impact.

Staff make sure that all pupils are included in the curriculum. They provide pupils with physical, academic and pastoral support. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities say that they feel well supported.

Children settle well in the early years. Teachers plan curriculum activities to interest the children and develop their independent skills, for example making soup.Adults pay careful attention to children’s needs. In the early years, there is a clear focus on developing early reading skills and instilling a love of books. Teachers identify children who struggle to grasp the early reading skills. Staff make sure that those children catch up throughout Reception and key stage 1. This helps more pupils become fluent readers by the end of Year 2.

Leaders and staff expect all pupils to behave well and have high attendance. Pupils behave very well in lessons and around the school. The proportion of pupils who attend school on a regular basis is below average. For some pupils, absence is a regular occurrence.

Staff bring the school’s curriculum to life by arranging visits and trips. They teach pupils about religions and cultures and help them to appreciate art and music. There are a large number of sports and activities on offer in breakfast and after-school clubs. Assemblies link to the school’s core values. Pupils learn about modern British life and to show respect and tolerance to other people.Staff encourage parents to be part of the school. There are regular information meetings. Teachers discuss with parents what their children learn and about teaching methods. The school’s website is useful and easy to find your way around. Parents say that they feel supported to help their children to learn. One noted, ‘I am very happy with the school. Communication is excellent and the school cares for the children and their future.’

Governors know the strengths and weaknesses of this school. They check on how well the school is doing when meeting with leaders. Governors contribute to the effective management of the school.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The culture of safeguarding is in line with the caring and supportive ethos of the school. Leaders and staff receive regular training. They apply this knowledge and understanding well and take timely action when required. Leaders always follow up safeguarding issues. They persist with external agencies and families to make sure that pupils who need help get it.

Pupils are taught how to be safe in different situations. This includes those specific to the school’s local community. Pupils can explain how to keep themselves safe when using social media. They understand that online behaviours can have consequences in the real world.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

In reaching their judgement, inspectors have taken into account the fact that the school is in a transition period as far as its curriculum is concerned. Leaders have taken effective steps to implement an ambitious relevant curriculum. The way pupils are taught is well planned and sequenced in most subjects, including reading, writing and mathematics. However, it is not yet fully the case in some of the foundation subjects, including history. Leaders need to ensure that the adjustments that are required in these subjects are made in line with their plans. . Leaders and governors should ensure that the initiatives designed to reduce persistent absenteeism and improve attendance continue to be embedded.