Victoria Lane Academy

Name Victoria Lane Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 May 2014
Address Victoria Lane, Coundon, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 8NN
Phone Number 01388603588
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 181 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.8
Academy Sponsor Tudhoe Learning Trust
Local Authority County Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 35.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.6%
Persisitent Absence 8.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 24.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school became an Academy on 1st December 2012. It is sponsored by Tudhoe Colliery Primary School. Both schools are members of Tudhoe Learning Trust, a partnership of four primary schools led by an executive headteacher, who is also the headteacher of the sponsor school. The trust has a board of directors. Victoria Lane Academy also has its own governing body and headteacher, appointed in January 2013. Victoria Lane Academy is smaller than the average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for support through the pupil premium is higher than average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is higher than the national average as is the proportion supported school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which is the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6. The school has Healthy School status and has achieved the silver Activemark.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. They reach standards that are above average in reading and average in mathematics by the time they leave at the end of Year 6. Standards in writing are improving. The quality of teaching is good. Teachers plan interesting activities with care and precision so that pupils are very clear about what is expected and how to make good progress. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make outstanding progress in their personal and social skills, so that their behaviour is exemplary. This is because adults create exceptionally stimulating learning activities and constantly praise and encourage the very best behaviour. Pupils are courteous and well behaved. They treat adults and their peers with respect. As a result, bullying incidents are rare and when they do happen pupils say they are dealt with very quickly. There is a warm and positive atmosphere throughout the school so that pupils enjoy working in a happy, safe environment. Parents have high levels of confidence in the headteacher and other staff. Leadership and management are good. The headteacher has created and inspired a climate where everyone wants to succeed. Actions are improving teaching and achievement. All leaders, including governors, share the headteacher’s high aspirations for pupils. The leaders’ clear view of what still needs to be done and the pupils’ good progress ensure the school will continue to improve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards in writing are not high enough because grammar is not taught well enough and pupils are not given sufficient opportunities to write at length. Pupils do not always have enough opportunities to correct or improve their work in order to make even better progress.