The Drive Community Primary School

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About The Drive Community Primary School

Name The Drive Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs R Farren
Address The Drive, Felling, Gateshead, NE10 0PY
Phone Number 01914210390
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 170
Local Authority Gateshead
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders and teachers help pupils to aspire to great things.

Some pupils want to become a scientist, a computer technician or engineer. Pupils' happiness in school is clear. Teachers work with pupils to make sure that they are in control of their feelings.

There is a common language of 'red cap and blue cap' thinking. Pupils recognise how to stay calm rather than losing control. They learn how to stay safe in and out of school, including online.

Behaviour is good because relationships are strong. Pupils enjoy each other's company. They share equipment at breaktime and play sensibly.

Bullying is exceptionally rare. Pupils show good manners by holding o...pen doors or saying 'please', 'thank you' or 'you're welcome'. Pupils are proud of their school and the local area.

Pupils speak knowledgeably about local history, such as the Felling pit disaster, and significant local people.

Leaders have made sure the school has close links to the local community. Some older pupils act as 'Drive Ministers' and lead the school council to raise money for good causes, such as homelessness charities.

Leaders have prioritised pupils' well-being after the impact of the pandemic. This is a focus on 'well-being Wednesday'. Pupils know the importance of recycling for the environment.

They collect litter and recycle food waste.

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

Leaders have improved many aspects of the school. Governors and leaders have focused on improving the quality of education by developing the curriculum.

Pupils are making good progress in their understanding in subjects like mathematics. Teachers use assessment well to check what pupils know and can do. In most subjects, the essential knowledge pupils need is clear.

This is sequenced well and builds learning progressively. Pupils make connections in learning and build on what they already know.Leaders have adopted a clear and consistent approach to teaching that is well understood by staff.

Pupils' engagement and motivation in learning has improved as a result. In a few subjects, such as science and geography, leaders have not clearly planned out the key knowledge that pupils need. Teachers cannot make accurate checks that the essential learning has been acquired and remembered by pupils.

Leaders are working to address this.Leaders have adopted a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics. Children in Reception learn new sounds and can spot them in a word.

Their knowledge of sounds helps them to read simple words such as 'big' and 'fat'. Learning new sounds helps younger children with their writing and spelling. Pupils know the routines in phonics lessons well and so get on with their reading with confidence.

In Year 1, pupils can read a short sentence to their partner. Teachers help pupils to develop a love of books and reading. The library team helps their classmates pick books, create author displays and collects pupils' views.

Younger pupils have a library card to use in any local library. Pupils are quickly becoming fluent readers.

Leaders' and governors' promotion of inclusion means no pupil misses out on the educational offer in the school.

This includes those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Teachers spot pupils' needs early and make sure that pupils have the right help to be successful. Close working relationships with a range of professionals enable pupils to have good-quality support.

Teachers are equally ambitious for all pupils.

Children make a strong start in the early years. The atmosphere in nursery is calm.

Children use different areas with confidence and interest. Adults repeat and model language to support children's speech and communication. Children in Reception work together to investigate parts of mathematics, such as number.

For example, they use different systems and patterns to make six objects.

Pupils behave well in school because they want to learn. They have positive attitudes to learning, which means there is little off-task behaviour.

Pupils aspire to hold a position of responsibility in school. These include attendance leaders, librarians and sports leaders. Pupils learn about other faiths and beliefs.

They speak of the need for tolerance and respect. Pupils enjoy a range of school clubs. These vary from multi-sports to the 'chicken club', in which some pupils look after school chickens.

Pupils learn how to stay physically healthy through exercise and diet.

Leaders have put in place systems to make sure all staff feel valued. Staff enjoy a well-being day and a termly well-being staff meeting.

Leaders have reduced unnecessary tasks. There is a strong team spirit across adults in the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Well-trained staff are alert to any minor changes that they see in a pupil. A detailed recording system means that all small 'niggles' are linked together to give a bigger picture for each pupil. Leaders provide extra help if necessary.

This can be from other agencies or the school counsellor. The school business manager maintains detailed records of vetting checks for staff and volunteers. Safeguarding is part of induction systems for new staff so that they know what to do.

Staff know how to raise concerns about a colleague if ever necessary. Pupils learn how to stay safe online, when walking home or riding a bike.

Governors check on the arrangements for safeguarding.

They use information from external audits and meetings to ensure the policies and processes are being carried out as they should.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few subjects, leaders have not planned out the essential knowledge pupils need to acquire and remember at the end of each unit of work. Pupils find it difficult to make connections in their learning in these subjects.

Leaders need to clarify the essential knowledge pupils need so that they develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum. ? Teachers are unable to systematically assess and check what pupils have learned and remembered over time because the required knowledge in some subjects has not been defined. Leaders need to specify this knowledge and how it is assessed so that teachers can give more support to pupils where it is needed.

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