Village Primary School

Name Village Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 November 2012
Address Windsor Road, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 8PW
Phone Number 01642676768
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor Prince Regent Street Trust
Local Authority Stockton-on-Tees
Percentage Free School Meals 34.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 21.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is an average sized primary school. A well above average proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium. A well above average number of pupils are supported at school action. A well above average number of pupils are supported at school action plus and have a statement of special educational need. Almost all pupils are of White British Heritage. The school has the Arts Mark Gold, National Healthy School and Investors in People awards. The school meets the current government floor standards which sets the minimum standards for schools in terms of attainment and progress. The school has a breakfast club managed by the governing body. Since the last inspection there have been a number of staffing changes including a new headteacher and deputy-headteacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The Nursery class gives children a really good start to their time in school. They enter with skills that are well below what is typical for their age and make good progress due to good quality teaching and excellent outdoor learning and play. Pupils make good progress. By the time they move on to Year 2 standards are below average overall but rapidly improving. They make good and often outstanding progress across Key Stage 2 and leave Year 6 with standards that are average overall and continuing to improve. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are beginning to make better progress as the school increasingly meets those needs. Pupils entitled to extra money to support their needs are also making better progress as the school’s support for their specific needs improves. Teaching is good and is continuing to improve, with some that is outstanding. Teachers’ good relationship with pupils and a positive approach to learning ensure that pupils make good and sometimes outstanding progress. Pupils behave well both in and out of lessons. They have a real love of learning and respond well to all staff in lessons. They have a good understanding of how to keep safe both in and out of school and said that they felt safe in school. The new headteacher has formed a strong partnership with the new deputy headteacher and this is helping them implement a range of improvements. A developing leadership team is having a positive impact on improving teaching and raising standards. Governors have an increasing understanding of the school and have taken an active part in appointing new staff and supporting the drive for improvements. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards in reading and writing in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 need to improve. The teaching of letters and the sounds they make, and the marking of writing do not always reflect the newly introduced effective methods. More teaching needs to be outstanding with pupils involved in more independent learning and investigations to accelerate their progress.