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Newsham Primary School

Newsham Primary School
Warwick Street

phone: 01670 353124

headteacher: Mrs Anne-Marie Armstrong


school holidays: via Northumberland council

448 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
420 pupils capacity: 107% full

225 boys 50%

≤ 263y264a114b64c145y356y267y238y289y2610y26

220 girls 49%

≤ 274a74b94c125y226y317y338y259y2510y25

Last updated: June 20, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 430139, Northing: 580047
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 55.114, Longitude: -1.5291
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Oct. 15, 2013
Region › Const. › Ward
North East › Blyth Valley › Newsham
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Free school meals %

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20 January 2014
Mrs Anne-Marie Armstrong
Newsham Primary School
Warwick Street
NE24 4NX
Dear Mrs Armstrong

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Newsham Primary School,

Following my visit to your school on 17 January 2014, I write on behalf of Her Majesty's
Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills to report on the findings of my
visit. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made available to discuss
the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most recent section 5 inspection.
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in October 2013. It was carried out under
section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take further
action to:

further develop governance in the school to ensure challenge is maintained
further develop and extend the roles of middle leaders so that they can play a robust

and consistent part in monitoring and evaluating the work in the key areas which
require improvement

provide updated information to parents and carers about the progress that is being

made towards becoming a good school.


During the visit, meetings were held with the headteacher and other senior and middle
leaders, a group of Year 2 and a group of Year 6 pupils, the Chair of the Governing Body,
four members of the support team and a representative of the local authority to discuss the
action taken since the last inspection. The school improvement plan was evaluated. I also
spoke to the whole staff and spent time in the weekly celebration assembly.


Since the section 5 inspection, which judged the school to require improvement, a new Chair
of the Governing Body has been appointed.

Main findings

The school has moved swiftly to address the issues identified by the recent section 5
inspection particularly in relation to teaching and leadership. A detailed post inspection plan
has been drawn up which specifically identifies how the school will respond to the three
improvement areas raised in the report. The plan has a wide authorship and a wide range of
staff and governors is involved in its review and update. The plan is detailed and focuses on
what needs to be done. There is a robust set of actions with related measures of their
impact on learning in the school. Working with an adviser, middle and key stage leaders at
the school have worked hard to improve their classroom observation and moderation skills
so that they are better able to make robust judgements, informed by higher expectations
and more secure knowledge, about the effectiveness of teaching and the accuracy of

assessments of pupils’ work. The headteacher and deputy have worked quickly to involve

the full range of staff and adults in the school in its improvement. Teaching assistants report
that they are now fully involved in planning and have a wider range of opportunities to
develop their skills and offer their expertise. Inspection evidence confirms their growing

confidence in supporting pupils’ learning. The review of the governing body has helped to

sharpen the focus on its activities. The governing body has set up a steering group,
facilitated by the local authority. This meets regularly and assesses the impact of the

school’s actions as it improves. The governing body is more closely engaged with the work

of the school, drawing its conclusions on the quality of teaching and learning from a wider
range of sources. As well as engaging with the headteacher and her team, individual and
groups of governors are more closely linked with key stages and other areas of the school’s
work and are focusing their evaluations on areas, such as boys’ achievement, safeguarding
and standards. The Chair of the Governing Body meets with the headteacher each fortnight
to review the evidence of progress.
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support and
challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The local authority is now providing effective support to the steering group and to the wider
school. The school has chosen to buy services from a local contractor, Linda Buller, who has
worked, especially, with key stage 1, to improve the quality and consistency of teaching and
learning. The local authority will maintain a key monitoring function in the school through its
link adviser and she will work with the contractor and the school. The Chair of the Governing
Body of a local successful school is offering support to the governing body. The local
authority will continue to support governance at the school.
I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of Children’s
Services for Northumberland.
Yours sincerely
Mark Evans

Her Majesty's Inspector

The letter should be copied to the following:

 Appropriate authority - Chair of the Governing Body
 Local authority

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