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Colegate Community Primary School

Colegate Community Primary School
Colegate West
Leam Lane Estate
Tyne and Wear

0191 4206626

Headteacher: Mr M. P. Younger

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269 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
315 pupils capacity: 85% full

140 boys 52%

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125 girls 46%

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Last updated: July 9, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 428623, Northing: 561093
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 54.944, Longitude: -1.5547
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Jan. 16, 2013
Region › Const. › Ward
North East › Jarrow › Pelaw and Heworth
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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Schools nearby

  1. Colegate Junior School NE109AH
  2. Colegate Infant School NE109AH
  3. 0.3 miles St Augustine's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School NE108PP (357 pupils)
  4. 0.3 miles Heworth Grange Comprehensive School NE100PT (1123 pupils)
  5. 0.3 miles The Thomas Hepburn Community Comprehensive School NE109UZ
  6. 0.3 miles Thomas Hepburn Community Academy NE109UZ (594 pupils)
  7. 0.4 miles The Drive Community Primary School NE100PY (206 pupils)
  8. 0.5 miles Windy Nook Primary School NE109BD (343 pupils)
  9. 0.5 miles Windy Nook Junior School NE109BD
  10. 0.5 miles Windy Nook Infant School NE109BD
  11. 0.6 miles Lingey House Primary School NE108DN (401 pupils)
  12. 0.6 miles St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Primary School NE109PQ
  13. 0.6 miles Ateres Girls High School NE109PQ (126 pupils)
  14. 0.7 miles Wardley Primary School NE108TX (315 pupils)
  15. 0.7 miles Roman Road Primary School NE108SA (172 pupils)
  16. 0.7 miles Roman Road Junior School NE108SA
  17. 0.7 miles Roman Road Infant School NE108SA
  18. 0.8 miles Hewburn School NE108LT
  19. 0.8 miles Furrowfield School NE109RZ (73 pupils)
  20. 0.8 miles Hill Top School NE108LT (113 pupils)
  21. 0.8 miles The Gateshead Cheder Primary School NE109NJ (113 pupils)
  22. 0.9 miles Falla Park Community Primary School NE109HP (241 pupils)
  23. 0.9 miles Brandling Primary School NE100JB (110 pupils)
  24. 0.9 miles White Mere Community Primary School NE108BA (176 pupils)

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Inspection Report

Unique Reference Number108375
Local AuthorityGateshead
Inspection number309668
Inspection date16 October 2007
Reporting inspectorKathleen Yates

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.

Type of schoolPrimary
School categoryCommunity
Age range of pupils3-11
Gender of pupilsMixed
Number on roll (school)342
Appropriate authorityThe governing body
Date of previous school inspection1 March 2004
School addressColegate West
Leam Lane Estate, Gateshead
Tyne and Wear, NE10 9AH
Telephone number0191 4206626
Fax number0191 4206616
ChairCllr David Napier
HeadteacherMrs Alison Burton


The inspection was carried out by one Additional Inspector who evaluated the overall effectiveness of the school and investigated the following issues: the quality of pupils’ personal development, the curriculum, pupils’ progress in English and the impact of leadership and management at all levels. Evidence was gathered from observing work in classrooms, the school’s own self-evaluation, scrutinising school documentation and records of pupils’ achievement and progress, and discussions with senior leaders in the school and with pupils. Other aspects of the school’s work were not investigated in detail, but the inspector found no evidence to suggest that the school’s own assessments, as given in its self-evaluation, were not justified, and these have been included where appropriate in the report.

Description of the school

This is a larger than average primary school. The proportion of pupils who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities and of those who are eligible for free school meals is higher than average. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds.

Key for inspection grades
Grade 1Outstanding
Grade 2Good
Grade 3Satisfactory
Grade 4Inadequate

Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 2

Colegate Primary is a good school and provides its pupils with a good, all-round education. The school works extremely well with a wide range of outside agencies and together these links are highly successful in ensuring all pupils have equal access to all areas of school life.

Pupils’ personal development including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. There is a buzz within the school. It is a bright and stimulating environment where staff display pupils’ work attractively and raise their self-esteem. Attendance is satisfactory.

Good teaching across the school builds on the brisk start children get in the Nursery and Reception classes. As a result, all pupils, including those who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities, make good progress and achieve well. The 2006 results of the teachers’ assessments of Year 2 pupils were broadly average in reading, writing and mathematics and the most recent results indicate a similar picture. The national test results for Year 6 in English, mathematics and science were also average. The provisional test results of Year 6 for 2007 show a similar picture but a higher proportion of pupils reached the expected level in writing. These results reflect good progress from the pupils’ low starting points and exceeded the school’s targets. Nevertheless, standards in speaking and listening are a particular problem throughout the school.

Pupils respond well to the good teaching and the warm relationships at all levels. Their behaviour is good and they enjoy coming to school. The teachers’ planning includes many stimulating activities and, from the time they join the school, the pupils learn to work well together and help one another. The provision for teaching science is improving. Planning to include a sharper focus on speaking and listening skills is in place but is not yet effective enough. Pupils make a good contribution to the school and to the wider community. The good progress they make in their social skills, together with their skills of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology, prepare them well for the next stage of their education and their future well-being.

The curriculum is good and planned thoughtfully to help pupils to learn to concentrate. It is enhanced by lessons which heighten pupils’ awareness of, and respect for, the diverse nature of society in artwork, dance, cooking, music, and by writing to penpals. The introduction of a modern foreign language further enhances this provision. A wide range of sporting and recreational clubs and the expertise of outside specialist staff support pupils’ physical development well. As a result, pupils have a good understanding of what they need to do to stay fit and healthy. The school has achieved a Basic Skills Award, a Silver Artsmark, a Healthy School Award, an International Education Award, Investor in People and an Active school award. These are all fine examples of how the school helps pupils to succeed in their personal and academic development.

Teachers and support staff understand the needs of their pupils well and give them good care, guidance and support. Support for the pupils’ personal development is good. Induction procedures are very good and this is equally true for the guidance pupils receive when they transfer to the next stage of their education. Parents are confident that the school is providing their children with a safe, secure and caring environment for learning. Parents’ comments are overwhelmingly positive in their praise for the way the school encourages their children. The school keeps careful checks of pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics and uses this information well to ensure that all pupils are set realistic targets.

The headteacher gives clear direction to the work of the school and a strong lead to the staff and governors. Administrative staff ensure the day-to-day running of the school is effective. There is a real sense of teamwork; staff are deployed well and the arrangements for their professional development ensure everyone has the skills knowledge and understanding to carry out their roles diligently. Teaching assistants are also included in regular updating of their skills and their input to pupils’ development makes a valuable contribution to that of the class teachers. A regular programme of monitoring ensures subject leaders have a good understanding of what goes on in their subjects. At present, the school lacks systems to present a clear overview of the progress pupils make. The school’s leadership and management are good and their self-evaluation is accurate. The governing body is well informed and committed to working with the school to make a difference to the lives of all the pupils. The good progress since the last inspection, especially in the provision for science, shows the school has a good capacity for continued improvement and gives good value for money.

Effectiveness of the Foundation Stage

Grade: 2

When they arrive in the Nursery the skills and knowledge of most children are much lower than those typically found at this age and many have poor social, speaking and listening skills. They make good progress, which continues through their time in Reception. Induction procedures are very good. All staff ensure children are welcomed into a warm and bright environment where they feel safe and settle well. Children are quick to respond to the high expectations that they should behave well. Teaching, learning, and the curriculum are good; staff organise stimulating activities which pupils enjoy. Staff make good use of the indoor and outdoor spaces where children play and explore in a wide range of activities. The children grow in confidence and begin to work together, learning to share equipment and to take part in group activities. Leadership and management are good. Regular checks are made of how well children are doing, and there is a growing focus on developing children’s speaking skills to help them to communicate clearly. Parents are encouraged to take a keen interest in helping their children, for example, by sharing books with them. Despite their good progress, only a very small proportion of the children reach the levels expected of this age by the end of the Reception year. The exception to this is that most children do achieve the expected levels in their physical development.

What the school should do to improve further

  • Place even more emphasis on speaking and listening throughout the school to help pupils to make better progress in their communication skills.
  • Refine the system for recording the pupils’ progress so that they and their teachers have a better understanding of what they need to do to improve.

Annex A

Inspection judgements

Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4 inadequateSchool Overall
Overall effectiveness
How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?2
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last inspection Yes
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners' well-being?1
The effectiveness of the Foundation Stage2
The capacity to make any necessary improvements2
Achievement and standards
How well do learners achieve?2
The standards1 reached by learners3
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between groups of learners2
How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress2
1 Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none significantly below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally low.
Personal development and well-being
How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the learners?2
The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development2
The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles2
The extent to which learners adopt safe practices2
How well learners enjoy their education2
The attendance of learners3
The behaviour of learners2
The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community2
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being2
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the learners' needs?2
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and interests of learners?2
How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?2
Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement and supporting all learners?2
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading to improvement and promote high quality of care and education2
How effectively leaders and managers use challenging targets to raise standards2
The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation2
How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so that all learners achieve as well as they can2
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to achieve value for money 2
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their responsibilities 2
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government requirements?Yes
Does this school require special measures?No
Does this school require a notice to improve?No

Annex B

Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection

17 October 2007

Dear Pupils

Inspection of Colegate Community Primary School, Gateshead, NE10 9AH

Thank you all so much for making me so welcome when I came to visit your school. I really enjoyed my visit.

Congratulations to you all for your efforts in helping the school to gain so many awards! These help you to be aware of how to stay fit and healthy, to take part in team games and to get on well together. By gaining the International Award, you have all learned so much in your ‘journey around the world’ finding out about the way other people live. Your teachers plan exciting activities for you, including many visits, so that you enjoy your learning and do well. The school leaders and the teachers look after you well and your behaviour is good.

Some of you find it difficult to say exactly what you mean and I think that you should have more opportunities to practise your speaking and listening. If you work hard at this you will become more confident in expressing what you want to say. Your teachers have agreed to make some changes to the way that they record how well you are doing so that they and you know exactly when you are doing really well and when you could be doing that little bit better.

Keep up the good work! I wish you well for the future.

Yours sincerely

Kathleen Yates

Lead inspector

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