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Northwood Primary School

Northwood Primary School
Pendleton Road South
County Durham

01325 267222

Headteacher: Mrs Zoe Beach Ba (Hons) Npqh


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458 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
420 pupils capacity: 109% full

230 boys 50%

≤ 243y274a104b74c135y256y267y318y289y2910y32

225 girls 49%

≤ 234a94b74c145y326y347y278y299y2610y28

Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 429298, Northing: 516074
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 54.539, Longitude: -1.5487
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Nov. 23, 2011
Region › Const. › Ward
North East › Darlington › North Road
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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September 2010

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24 November 2010
Mr David Ackroyd
Northwood Primary School
Pendleton Road South
County Durham
Dear Mr Ackroyd

Ofsted monitoring of Grade 3 schools: monitoring inspection of Northwood
Primary School

Thank you for the help which you and your staff gave when I inspected your school
on 23 November 2010


for the time you gave to our phone discussions and for the

information which you provided before and during the inspection


Please pass on my

thanks to the pupils I talked to and to the governors I met.
The school moved into new purpose-built premises in January 2010, thus removing
the time-consuming challenge of over-seeing building work, which has beset the
school in recent years. The school was renamed Northwood Primary School in
January 2010. A new deputy headteacher was appointed in January 2010 and, since
that time, the senior and middle leadership structures in the school have been
As a result of the inspection on 9 and 10 March 2009, the school was asked to
address the most important areas for improvement which are set out in the annex to
this letter.
Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that at this time the school
has made satisfactory progress in making improvements, and satisfactory progress
in demonstrating a better capacity for sustained improvement.

Pupils’ achievement is improving. This is the result of action taken by the school to

accelerate progress and raise attainment in reading, writing and mathematics, by

tailoring provision to match pupils’ needs more closely. Pupils’ work and the school’s

tracking data show that the majority of pupils are on course to meet their targets for
the end of the year. Performance in national tests, though still below average, has

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improved since the previous inspection, so too has pupils’ progress from their
starting points at the end of Year 2. This year’s unvalidated test results show that
the actions the school has taken to raise standards in mathematics are beginning to
impact on attainment and progress, especially for higher attainers. In these tests, a
quarter of higher attainers reached the higher level in the subject, a much higher
proportion than the school has achieved previously.

Pupils’ work and the school’s tracking data show that the proportion of pupils who

are on target to reach the higher levels has increased again this year in both English
and mathematics. Pupils’ learning is improving in literacy because the structured
programmes for teaching sounds and letters are giving pupils the necessary skills
and confidence to read and write independently. Similarly, new approaches to the
teaching of mathematics are encouraging pupils to think for themselves and develop
independence in their learning, so they can work at their own best rate. This is not
the case in all classes yet for these subjects. Some teachers do not offer the right
level of challenge to pupils to ensure they are stretched to reach their potential.
There are still inconsistencies in teachers’ expectations of how much work pupils
should complete in a lesson.
The recently appointed deputy headteacher has brought new expertise and
experience to the school, which is having a positive effect on provision and
outcomes in Key Stage 1. Changes to the curriculum in Years 1 and 2 have increased

pupils’ enjoyment of learning and their rates of progress. This is because the themed

approach is providing pupils with topics that interest them and they are encouraged
to develop their independent learning skills. The focus on raising attainment by
planning opportunities for writing and mathematics within the new curriculum is
bearing fruit. In a recent review of the impact of the new initiatives, staff reported
that pupils in Years 1 and 2 were gaining ground more quickly than in the past. The

close involvement of parents in supporting pupils’ research about new topics at
home is also adding to pupils’ enjoyment of learning and helping to increase their

progress. This initiative, together with close monitoring of children’s progress in the
Early Years Foundation Stage, is helping staff to identify how pupils learn best and
what motivates them to learn.

The school’s evaluation of its performance is improving as senior staff develop their

own expertise and that of middle managers. Since the previous inspection there has
been a firm focus on improving the leadership skills of middle managers and of
involving them more directly in monitoring and evaluating the work of the school.
Professional development for key staff to improve these skills is a strong contributor

to the way the school is moving forward in this area. Changes to the leadership and

management structure have given the school a broader base from which to gather
information about its effectiveness. While this is in the early stages of development,
recent evaluations show that senior leaders are beginning to gather more detailed

and accurate information about the school’s performance. This is guiding more

effective planning for improvement. With a more detailed picture of its weaknesses
the school has been more accurate in targeting external support to assist in its

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improvement. For the most part, recent initiatives are having the intended impact.
However, senior leaders have not been prompt enough in monitoring these to
determine what is working well and what needs to be adapted for specific groups of
pupils. Nor do they have a sharp picture of which teachers are fully implementing

the school’s new initiatives in the way intended and which staff need additional

support to do so. The current schedule of monitoring activities does not contain
details as to the staff who will monitor what and on what dates. More clarity is
needed to help staff prepare and for senior managers to be sure that their picture of
school performance and improvement is accurate and constantly being updated.
The local authority and the School Improvement Partner have provided good support
for the school, including training to improve leadership and teaching skills.
I hope that you have found the inspection helpful in promoting improvement in your
school. This letter will be posted on the Ofsted website.
Yours sincerely
Moira Fitzpatrick

Additional inspector

September 2010

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The areas for improvement identified during the inspection which took
place in March 2009.

  • Evaluate school performance on the basis of accurate judgements to guide
    future action.
  • Provide increased challenge and pace in all learning for the more-able pupils.
  • Plan interesting and suitably challenging tasks and approaches to raise the
    achievement and standards in Years 1 and 2, especially in writing.

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