The Grove Primary School


Name The Grove Primary School
Website http://www.grove.durham.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 February 2013
Address Oakfield Lane, The Grove, Consett, County Durham, DH8 8AP
Phone Number 01207502938
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 199 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.9
Local Authority Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 19.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.5%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those children in local authority care or from service families, is above average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported at school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The large majority of pupils are of White British background. A higher percentage of pupils than average enter and leave the school at times other than the beginning of the school year. The school runs a breakfast club and provides after-school care for pupils. The school exceeds the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has achieved external accreditation in the form of the Anti-bullying Award, Eco Schools Silver Award, Rights Respecting status and the Investing in Children Award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Whatever their individual starting points, pupils make good progress throughout the school and achieve well. By the time they leave the school in Year 6 they reach standards at least in line with the national average in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching is at least good and on occasion it is outstanding. During this inspection teaching observed was never less than good. Pupils stated that they felt happy, safe and well cared for by all staff. They appreciate the range of extra-curricular activities provided for them and they clearly enjoy learning. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the work of the school and feel that their children are very well cared for. It is clear that the school lives up to its motto ‘The Grove School Cares’. Around the school pupils are considerate and polite. They are keen to learn and try their very best to succeed. Pupils’ good and sometimes exemplary behaviour in lessons helps them to make good progress. The headteacher, ably supported by the deputy headteacher and governors, has worked diligently to secure improvements in teaching and achievement since the previous inspection. They have high aspirations for all pupils. A relentless focus on what is happening in the classroom and how it can be made even better has driven improvement. There is highly effective additional adult support for pupils whose circumstances may make them vulnerable and those with special educational needs. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The proportion of outstanding teaching is not yet high enough to lead to consistently outstanding progress. Whilst pupils’ progress in writing is good, it is not yet as strong as in reading and mathematics. Pupils’ handwriting skills are not sufficiently well developed.