Vane Road Primary School

Name Vane Road Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 May 2013
Address Vane Road, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 5RH
Phone Number 01325300380
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 392 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.1
Local Authority County Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 16.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.8%
Persisitent Absence 8.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school. The great majority of pupils are from a White British background. There has been a period of significant turbulence in the senior management of the school. The current acting headteacher joined the school in January 2013. The newly appointed headteacher will take up his post in September 2013. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. (This is additional funding provided for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care and those with parents in the armed forces.) The proportion of pupils supported by school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has the Eco School Award, Investors in People Award and has achieved Healthy School status.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress from their individual starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. They reach standards that are at least in line with, and often above, age-related expectations by the time they leave the school. School leaders, including governors, are clearly focussed on ensuring continuous improvement. They have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and priorities for the future. There has been a specific and successful focus on improving the quality of teaching. This vision for improvement is shared by staff and there is a strong sense of teamwork. The quality of teaching is good, and on occasion it is outstanding. In the best lessons, teachers’ sharp use of questioning means that pupils’ learning is probed and extended, and ensures a good pace to lessons. Pupils state that they feel happy and safe in school. In the words of one, ‘There is something special about Vane Road because : everyone enjoys it here.’ Pupils behave well, are polite, courteous, welcoming to visitors and take good care of each other. Pupils enjoy the varied curriculum opportunities and additional activities, usually linked to the topics they study, that are on offer. These include a good range of visits and visitors to the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not yet sufficient outstanding teaching to lead to pupils making consistently outstanding progress. Pupils’ progress in writing is good, but it is not yet as strong as in reading and mathematics. Pupils’ technical handwriting skills are not sufficiently well developed.