The 47 North East primary schools rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’

Nearly 50 primary schools in the North East have been told to improve their standards of education.

One school in Gateshead has been rated as “inadequate” while 46 other primaries have been classed as “requiring improvement” by Ofsted.

In County Durham, a massive 20 primary schools were judged as needing improvement.

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The Office for Standards in Education inspects and rates schools across England to judge the quality of education pupils are receiving.

Ofsted’s four point scale ranks from ‘outstanding’ to ‘inadequate’, though some can be placed in ‘special measures’ if improvements need to be made quickly.

Below, we have rounded up the ratings for primary schools in our region. However some have not been fully inspected for a number of years.

Inadequate

The Gateshead Cheder Primary School

This independent Jewish boys school was rated “inadequate” after an inspection in April 2019. Two further inspections were carried out in 2020 – one in January and the other in December.

The latest Ofsted report said: “The school was previously inspected in April 2019 when, following a full standard inspection, it was judged to be inadequate.

“This is the school’s second progress monitoring inspection. The school received a progress monitoring inspection in January 2020 to check on unmet standards at the previous full standard inspection.

“Following this inspection, some of the unmet standards were judged to be met. Other standards remained unmet.”

Requires improvement

Newcastle

Broadwood Primary School

This school in Denton Burn had a full inspection in March 2019 and was rated as “requires improvement”.

A monitoring inspection took place in May 2021 and inspectors said: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school.”

Excelsior Academy

Inspectors visited the school in March 2020 and judged it as requiring improvement overall.

After a remote monitoring visit in March 2021, Ofsted said: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action to provide education in the current circumstances.”

Talbot House Trust

A May 2019 inspection resulted in a rating of “requires improvement”. Two monitoring visits took place – in November 2020 and March 2021.

After the most recent visit, carried out remotely, inspectors said: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action to provide education in the current circumstances.”

North Tyneside

Backworth Park Primary School

This primary was classed as “requires improvement” after a full inspection in March 2018.

Ofsted said: “Over time, there has been a notable decline in pupils’ achievements in reading, writing and mathematics so that, by the end of Year 6, they are well below those found nationally. Pupils are not well prepared for secondary school as a result.

“While overall standards are now improving quickly, gaps remain in pupils’ knowledge and skills as a result of a legacy of historically weaker teaching.”

The report did however point out that “following a decline, the school is improving very quickly.”

Forest Hall Primary School

In November 2017, a full inspection was carried out at Forest Hall Primary and it was rated as “requires improvement”.

Ofsted pointed out a number of strengths at the school but noted: “The quality of teaching varies across year groups and subjects, and this contributes to unevenness in pupils’ current progress in key stages 1 and 2.”

Forest Hall Primary School
Forest Hall Primary School
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Wallsend St Peter’s CofE Aided Primary School

An inspection in September 2019 resulted in a rating of “requires improvement”.

A monitoring visit was carried out in March 2021 and inspectors said: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action to provide education in the current circumstances.”

Sunderland

Christ’s College

The “requires improvement” rating was given after an Ofsted visit in November 2019.

After a monitoring visit in March 2021, inspectors said: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action to provide education in the current circumstances.”

Farringdon Academy

A full inspection took place in May 2018 and one of the comments made by Ofsted was: “Teaching across the school is too variable.

“Teachers do not plan activities that consistently meet the needs and interests of all pupils. This is particularly the case for the most able pupils.”

Ryhope Junior School

After a visit in June 2018, inspectors said the school needed improvement.

Ofsted noted: “The school is ‘committed to developing a love of learning inspired by quality teaching’. There is a way to go before this vision becomes a reality.”

Willow Wood Community Primary School

In June 2019, the school was rated as “requires improvement”.

Inspectors said: “In the past, weaker teaching and a weaker curriculum led to gaps in pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding.

“Although leaders are working effectively to address this, there remain gaps in pupils’ learning that need to close, particularly for pupils in key stage 2.”

South Tyneside

Alternative Education Service – The Beacon Centre

The Beacon Centre in South Shields is a pupil referral unit, offering places for pupils aged between four and 16. It was inspected in May 2019 and rated as “requires improvement”.

The Ofsted report said: “The rate of improvement has increased significantly in the primary phase of the school. However, this improvement is not evident in the secondary school. As a result, pupils do not receive a consistently good standard of education.”

Ashley Primary School

Inspectors said the school “requires improvement” after visiting the site in February 2018.

Their report noted: “Outcomes are not yet good. Although progress is improving, pupils do not make consistently strong progress in all subjects.”

East Boldon Junior School

Ofsted visited in July 2018 and rated the school as requiring improvement.

They said: “Pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics is inconsistent across the school. Overall, pupils’ progress in Years 3, 4 and 5 is not good and not as strong as in Year 6.”

Fellgate Primary School

The school was inspected in October 2017 and judged as “requires improvement”.

The Ofsted report said: “Leaders have not made sure that teaching, in a range of subjects, consistently challenges pupils, including the most able and disadvantaged pupils, to achieve as well as they can. Too few pupils attain the highest standards, particularly in mathematics.”

Toner Avenue Primary School in Hebburn
Toner Avenue Primary School in Hebburn
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Toner Avenue Primary School

The school was classed as “requires improvement” after an inspection in October 2018. A number of monitoring visits have been carried out since then.

After the latest one in May 2021, Ofsted said: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are not taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school.”

Gateshead

Fell Dyke Community Primary School

After an inspection in February 2019, the school was told it required improvement.

Ofsted said: “Since the previous inspection, there has been significant fluctuation in pupils’ achievement. Turbulence in leadership, governance and staffing contributed to this.

“While outcomes have begun to improve more recently, they require improvement to be good.”

Fell Dyke Community Primary School
Fell Dyke Community Primary School
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Keser Girls School

Ofsted visited this school in December 2019 and rated it as “requires improvement”.

Their report noted: “Because it has failed to ensure that all the independent school standards have been met, the school’s leadership requires improvement.”

Rowlands Gill Community Primary School

The “requires improvement” rating was given after an inspection in September 2019. Two further monitoring visits were also carried out.

After the last one in May 2021, Ofsted said: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school.”

South Street Community Primary School

The school was told it needed improvement after an inspection in May 2018.

Ofsted noted: “Governors and leaders have not secured consistently good teaching, learning and assessment across key stages or subjects.”

Swalwell Primary School

Ofsted carried out a full inspection in June 2019 and gave a rating of “requires improvement”. Two further monitoring visits took place.

Their latest report says: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school.”

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Barndale House School

The special school in Alnwick was told it needed improvement after an inspection in December 2019.

Central Primary School

The school in Ashington had an inspection in October 2019 and was told it “requires improvement”. Two monitoring visits followed.

The latest report said: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school.”

Shilbottle Primary School

Bosses at this school were told it requires improvement after an inspection in June 2019.

Ofsted noted at the time: “The quality of teaching is variable, particularly in writing and mathematics.

“Teachers do not plan effectively to fully meet pupils’ needs, particularly for less able and middle-attaining pupils, in these subjects.”

Ss Peter and Paul’s Catholic Primary Academy

After an inspection in November 2019, Ofsted said the Cramlington school needed improvement in a number of areas to improve standards of education.

Tritlington Church of England First School

The school was told it needed improvement after an inspection in April 2019. Two monitoring visits took place after that.

Their latest report says: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school.”

Tweedmouth Prior Park First School

Ofsted inspected the school in May 2019 and said it needed improvement.

After another visit in March 2021, they said: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action to provide education in the current circumstances.”

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County Durham

Bearpark Primary School

After an inspection in January 2020, Ofsted pointed out a number of things that were good at the school but said the quality of education needed to be improved. The overall effectiveness was rated as “requires improvement”.

Belmont CofE (Controlled) Primary School

Ofsted inspected the school in December 2017 and said it needed improvement.

They noted: “The quality of teaching varies between year groups and this contributes to unevenness in pupils’ current progress, particularly at lower key stage 2.”

Broom Cottages Primary & Nursery School

A full inspection in October 2018 led to a rating of “requires improvement”. A number of monitoring visits followed.

The latest report said: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school.”

Castleside Primary School

The school was told it needed improvement after Ofsted visited in June 2018.

Their report said: “Leaders’ and governors’ actions have not secured consistently good teaching, learning or assessment across key stages or subjects.”

Chester-Le-Street CofE (Controlled) Primary School

Ofsted told the school it needed improvement after a visit in December 2017.

They noted: “Leaders and governors have not secured good teaching, learning and assessment across key stages. Pupils’ progress and outcomes are too variable in reading, writing and mathematics.”

Croft Community School

A visit in December 2017 led to a rating of “requires improvement”.

After a monitoring visit in March 2021, Ofsted said: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action to provide education in the current circumstances.”

Dene House Primary School

A “requires improvement” rating was given after an inspection in June 2018.

The report said: “The quality of teaching is inconsistent; not all teachers have high expectations of what pupils could achieve.

“Too few pupils make fast progress to help them catch up from low starting points to where they need to be or help them achieve higher standards. There is insufficient challenge for the most able pupils.”

Durham Gilesgate Primary School

In June 2019, the school was told it needed improvement. After two monitoring visits, Ofsted said: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school.”

Ferryhill Station Primary School

A full inspection in January 2019 resulted in a rating of “requires improvement”.

Ofsted said: “Although leaders have recently secured significant improvements to the quality of teaching, it is not consistently good.”

Fishburn Primary School

The school had a visited in March 2019 and was judged as needing improvement.

Ofsted said: “Leaders and governors are tenacious in improving pupils’ well-being. However, they do not apply the same rigour to raising standards and improving the quality of teaching across the whole school.”

Horndale Infants’ School

In February 2019, an inspection resulted in a rating of “requires improvement”.

The report said: “Over time, teachers have not planned learning to effectively meet the needs of pupils. As a result, lower attaining pupils sometimes struggle with the work set and higher attainers complete work that does not fully deepen their learning.”

Langley Park Primary School

The school was judged as needing improvement after a visit in May 2019.

Ofsted said: “The quality of teaching, learning and assessment varies across the school. Some teachers do not plan to meet pupils’ needs from their different starting points.

“Typically, pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), disadvantaged pupils and the most able make the least progress over time.”

New Brancepeth Primary School

In April 2019, this school was informed it needed improvement.

Ofsted said: “Over time, teachers have not planned learning to meet the needs of pupils effectively. While this is improving, and there is now some strong teaching, there remains some variability across the school.

“Consequently, pupils’ progress across the curriculum, including in mathematics and writing, is not consistently good.”

North Park Primary School

The “requires improvement” rating came after a visit in March 2019.

The report said: “In recent years, the proportion of pupils reaching expected standards at the end of Year 6 in reading, writing and mathematics combined has declined and in 2018 was well below average. This did not represent good progress for pupils from their starting points.”

Our Lady and St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Brooms

An inspection in May 2019 led to a result of “requires improvement”.

Ofsted noted: “Leaders have not ensured that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently strong. Standards attained by pupils at the end of key stage 2 have declined over time.”

Seascape Primary School

The school was informed it needed to improve after an inspection in November 2017.

Ofsted noted: “Current assessment information shows that pupils are not making enough progress in some year groups, particularly in mathematics, in order for them to catch up.”

St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, South Moor

A full inspection was carried out in December 2018 and a rating of “requires improvement” was given.

Ofsted said: “The actions of leaders, including subject leaders and governors, have not ensured consistency in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the key stages. As a result, pupils’ progress across a range of subjects is variable.”

Stephenson Way Academy and Nursery School

The school was told it needed improvement after a visit in December 2018.

The Ofsted report noted: “Teaching over time has not been precise enough to enable all pupils to get off to a strong start. Pupils do not make consistently good progress through early years and key stage 1.”

Woodham Burn Community Primary School

A full inspection took place in April 2018, when the school was informed it needed improvement.

Ofsted wrote: “Leaders have not acted swiftly enough to address weaknesses in teaching, learning and assessment. As a result, the quality of teaching across the school is inconsistent.”

Yohden Primary School

The “requires improvement” rating was given after an inspection in January 2020.

The report noted: “The quality of education pupils receive is not good enough. This is particularly the case in key stage 1, where pupils’ achievement in reading and mathematics has declined.”

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