Stanley (Crook) Primary School

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About Stanley (Crook) Primary School

Name Stanley (Crook) Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr David Christie
Address Wooley Terrace, Stanley Crook, DL15 9AN
Phone Number 01388762858
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 136
Local Authority County Durham
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has successfully embedded an inclusive, welcoming ethos in this extremely happy school. The astute, insightful care and attention given to pupils' emotional, personal, social and moral development is exceptional.

Senior leaders' actions have secured strengths and consistency in the quality of teaching and learning across key stages and subjects. The curriculum is enhanced effectively via a wide array of enrichment activities. This is greatly appreciated by parents and pupils alike.

Governors and the headteacher are ambitious for all pupils. Governors question leaders about the effectiveness of their work and actions. Somet...imes, however, governors do not dig deeply enough into leaders' responses and reports to get the information that they need.

Leaders have threaded fundamental British values through the curriculum in an effective manner. Pupils and staff are united in their efforts to abide by the inherent principles. Leaders ensure that reading is always high on the agenda.

Pupils' attainment in reading by the end of key stage 2 has been above the national average over time at the expected standard. However, a small proportion of current pupils are making weaker progress in their reading. These pupils read infrequently with skilled adults in school.

Subject leaders are knowledgeable and skilled in their areas of responsibility. Nonetheless, some aspects of improvement planning are not sharp enough to ensure that actions and subject-specific priorities are firmly focused on improving teaching and deepening learning. Adults' positive rapport with pupils is evident in all that they do.

Their well-honed skills in setting a productive learning environment result in excellent 'can do' attitudes among pupils. Pupils are immensely proud of their own and others' achievements. Teachers' own subject knowledge is secure.

They use assessment information well to plan learning opportunities and tasks that capture pupils' interests and meet their needs. There is a keen desire among teaching staff to make learning purposeful and meaningful for pupils across subjects. At times, in subjects other than English, expectations of the quality of pupils' handwriting and accuracy in spelling, are not consistently high.

Children in the early years make good progress overall from their different starting points. They are very well looked after by caring, capable staff. However, in Reception, a small proportion of children do not read or write with sufficient focus and direction to make rapid gains in their learning.

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average-sized primary. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are entitled to pupil premium funding support is slightly higher than the national average.

The proportion of pupils who leave or enter the school at times other than the end or start of the school year is higher than in other schools nationally. The proportion of pupils with SEND is slightly higher than national averages. The school offers a breakfast club and a range of after-school clubs for pupils.

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