Durham Lane Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
189
AGES
3 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community school
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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2021, ONS
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

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  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
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  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

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NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(20/6/17)
Full Report - All Reports
86%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics



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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 8% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 5% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 7% of schools in England) Average (About 64% of schools in England) Above Average (About 9% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 11% of schools in England) Average (About 58% of schools in England) Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

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% pupils meeting the expected standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)
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% pupils meeting the higher standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)

These results over time show historic performance for key exam results. We show pre-pandemic results as the fairest indicator of whether performance is up, down or stable

Amberley Way
Eaglescliffe
Stockton-on-Tees
TS16 0NG
01642780742

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You and your team have sustained a culture of high academic expectation that has led to consistently good outcomes over time in all phases. You have strengthened school leadership by giving subject and key stage leaders increasing responsibility for improving teaching and monitoring standards. All teachers contribute to a calm and purposeful atmosphere where pupils are courteous and well behaved. Pupils enjoy and value their teaching and appreciate the support they receive from their teachers. Through strong leadership and effective teaching, pupils achieve strong outcomes and make good progress. You and your teachers have responded robustly to the heightened demands of the new national curriculum and assessment tasks. Teachers’ thorough planning and subject expertise contributed to outcomes at key stage 2 in 2016 that were well above those seen nationally. Pupils made particularly strong progress in mathematics and good progress in reading. This picture was reflected in the majority of areas at key stage 1, while outcomes in the phonics screening check were ranked in the top 8% of all schools nationally. The proportion of pupils achieving a good level of development in the early years remains above that seen nationally. Your team have reflected upon last year’s outcomes and brought in more rigorous approaches to reading and mathematics that are enabling current pupils to make even stronger progress. There are signs that increasing proportions of the most able pupils are working at greater depth through work that is better pitched to their abilities. This was reflected in 2016 in their strong outcomes in mathematics at key stage 2 and in all areas at key stage 1. However, there remain occasions when these pupils are not as consistently challenged, particularly in subjects such as science, geography and history. Leaders check pupils’ progress through formal termly tracking and at regular staff meetings. Teachers account for pupils’ progress and outline any changes to planning and teaching to address any underachievement. Senior leaders monitor the quality of teaching and the standard of work in books and increasingly invite middle leaders to participate in these tasks. Middle leaders are involved in performance management procedures and meet with governors to review performance in their areas of responsibility. This is contributing to stronger leadership across the school, although subject leaders’ monitoring of the curriculum and pupils’ progress in science, geography and history is not as strong as it is in English and mathematics. You have developed partnerships with other schools in order to share good practice, moderate standards and develop leadership. Subject and phase leaders meet with partners and local cluster groups to develop the curriculum and pursue developments, such as approaches to the teaching of mastery in mathematics. Your school has become more outward-facing and welcoming of challenge, as evident in your recent invitation to three of your partner headteachers to review the quality of teaching at Durham Lane. Pupils also benefit from partnerships with your local secondary school, with specialist teaching for your most-able mathematicians and reading and understanding initiatives for other pupils. Teachers even visit exDurham Lane pupils in the early stages of Year 7 at secondary school to check that the high standards pupils leave with in Year 6 are continued in the next stage of their educational journey. You and your team promote the wider development of pupils. The strong academic rigour in English and mathematics is supported by breadth in the topicbased curriculum that creates meaningful links between subjects. In art, pupils study the work of artists such as Matisse and Seurat and use their work to stimulate their own artwork and creative writing. Pupils have opportunities to participate in a range of sports, including swimming, football, cricket and tennis, achieving considerable success in the latter two. Music plays an important part in the life of the school, and pupils in the school choir have performed at The Sage, Gateshead and Birmingham Symphony Hall. In their response to the pupil questionnaire, the vast majority of pupils said that they took part in some form of extra-curricular activity or club. Governors are committed to the ongoing success of the school. They have close links with the local community and gather parents’ views at events such as parents’ evenings. The vast majority of parents hold the school in high esteem and appreciate the support their children receive from leaders and teachers, although a small minority hold more negative views on aspects of care and communication. Governors monitor the work of school leaders carefully. They check pupils’ progress and monitor the impact of additional funding, such as the use of the pupil premium and the use of funding to support pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Governors have particular areas of responsibility and meet senior and middle leaders to check the impact of their work. They embrace training opportunities to enable them to examine data more thoroughly and to ensure that safeguarding procedures are up to date and effective. Safeguarding is effective. The headteacher and her team are mindful of pupils’ welfare and safety and take their safeguarding responsibilities seriously. Rigorous checks are made on the suitability of adults working at the school. Concerns over pupils’ welfare are swiftly addressed and records are accurately maintained. Staff and governors receive upto-date training on key safeguarding issues in order to help them to keep children safe. Pupils feel safe and well supported in school and the vast majority of their parents agree. In conversation and in a substantial response to the Ofsted pupil questionnaire, pupils said that bullying rarely happened at school and, if it did, they were confident that teachers and other adults would effectively address this. Pupils were able to discuss the actions they could take to remain safe, for example the actions needed to stay safe on the road and online. Inspection findings You and your team have sustained consistently high standards of teaching, learning and assessment and responded purposefully to the demands of a morechallenging curriculum with more-demanding assessment. This is reflected in consistently high outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics. Ofsted’s own inspection dashboard has identified no weaknesses in pupils’ academic performance over a three-year period. This sustained performance is a result of the high expectations of leaders and teachers to achieve the very best outcomes for pupils. Teaching is typically good across the curriculum. Teachers demonstrate effective subject knowledge, particularly in English and mathematics, and use questions to deepen understanding. Teachers develop positive learning behaviours in pupils who share ideas and reflect upon their learning, often reviewing one another’s work. Pupils concentrate well in quiet tasks and cooperate effectively in group tasks. Teachers develop pupils’ reading skills effectively and phonics teaching is a strength, with pupils in 2016 achieving outcomes that placed them in the top 8% of schools nationally. Pupils achieved outcomes in reading at key stages 1 and 2 that were also above those seen nationally. Recent initiatives to further strengthen pupils’ ability to infer meaning are leading to better rates of progress and increasing proportions of pupils working at greater depth. Pupils develop strong writing skills and have frequent opportunities to write in a range of genres. Pupils are confident writing at length from an early age and show a strong understanding of how to use key grammatical features to increasing effect in many types of text. They structure writing effectively and have a confident understanding of grammatical features and how to use them in differing types of writing, including persuasive, narrative and argumentative pieces of writing. Many of the girls are particularly strong writers and boys also make above-average progress, although occasional lapses in spelling can occur. Pupils, and particularly middle-ability pupils, make extremely good progress and achieve strong outcomes in mathematics as a result of thorough planning and effective teaching. Pupils are given numerous opportunities to apply their skills and explore arithmetic methods. They are confident mathematicians who enjoy opportunities to apply their knowledge. Work in mathematics books revealed comprehensive coverage of the curriculum and a range of tasks that consolidated and deepened pupils’ mathematical understanding and reasoning. As a result of good planning, effective support and close tracking, children make good progress in the early years and consistently achieve levels of development above those seen nationally. In Reception class, effective support is provided for children with additional needs. Children enjoy their learning and respond attentively to teacher-led tasks. They show curiosity and imagination in moreopen activities. Pupils’ learning journals reveal good signs of progress. Teachers track pupils’ progress through termly assessments and this is complemented by more frequent reviews and discussions at key stage meetings. Leaders have modified assessment systems to make them more suitable for classroom practice and more helpful in informing improvements. The vast majority of teachers provide written and verbal feedback in line with the school’s policy that supports pupils in making good progress. Pupils are friendly and courteous and display consistently high standards of behaviour. The vast majority of pupils enjoy school and value the support of their teachers. This is reflected in the high standards of attendance. Pupils show considerable pride in their work and in their school uniform. They are active members of the school community and the vast majority participate in extracurricular activities, such as sport or the choir. Teachers and pupils work with groups such as local democratic services to develop an understanding of democracy and key stage 2 pupils took part in a school election following the general election. The school council is given opportunities to explore their concerns and areas for improvement and, in discussion, pupils said that they felt valued and that adults listened to their views. Pupils’ self-esteem is increased by opportunities to take on responsibility as members of the eco council, sports leaders or in supporting younger pupils. Leaders carefully diagnose the requirements of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. These pupils made extremely good progress in reading and mathematics in 2016 and their current progress in school remains strong. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils that reached the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics at key stage 2 in 2016 was above that for other pupils nationally. Disadvantaged pupils are currently making good progress in the majority of year groups and differences in attainment are also diminishing. The most able pupils, including the most able disadvantaged pupils, made above-average progress in 2016 and achieved levels of greater depth in writing and mathematics that were above those seen nationally. Current pupils are making stronger progress in reading, although they are not challenged as thoroughly in science, geography and history.

Durham Lane Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 75% Agree 16% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 1% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>75, "agree"=>16, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>1, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 73 responses up to 09-03-2018
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