Valley Road Academy

Name Valley Road Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 May 2013
Address Corporation Road, Hendon, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR2 8PL
Phone Number 01915002999
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 374 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Academy Sponsor Iris Learning Trust
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 55.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 26.7%
Persisitent Absence 11.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 25.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported at school action, at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is high. (The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and children that are looked after.) The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The headteacher has been in post for sixteen months. The governing body manages the ‘Early Days Nursery’ day-care provision for children from three months to five years. The school has achieved the Artsmark and Healthy Schools Status awards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher has taken extremely effective action to improve achievement by rapidly increasing the proportion of good and outstanding teaching and eradicating weak teaching. Progress is good. Attainment at Year 6 is below average but the individual starting points of many children are significantly below expectations, and the gains in learning represent good achievement. Behaviour and safety are good because the school succeeds in encouraging pupils to behave consistently well. Pupils have a good understanding of how to be safe. Provision for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is good. Consequently, they make good progress. The school has a welcoming atmosphere. Relationships, care and support are strong so pupils are keen to learn. The headteacher and other leaders are respected. They lead and support staff highly effectively so that the school has improved further since the previous inspection. The curriculum promotes pupils’ good achievement and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It meets the needs of all pupils. Partnerships with parents are a strength of the school. This is due to the proactive involvement of the family support worker supported by the headteacher. The leadership and management of the Early Days Nursery provision is extremely effective and gives children a good start to school. A dedicated governing body is very supportive of the school and is behind the steps being taken by senior leaders to raise standards. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of teaching and learning is not yet consistently outstanding. Marking and feedback to pupils are not always helpful enough in mathematics to let pupils know what they need to do to improve their work. Pupils have too few opportunities to apply their good basic skills in mathematics to solve mathematical problems. The governing body is not yet fully effective in using data to check on pupils’ progress.