Evergreen Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Special school
2 - 11
Community special school

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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.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  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.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  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.

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Ofsted Parent View

Pupil/Teacher ratio
Persistent Absence
Pupils first language
not English
Free school meals
Warwick Road
Bishop Auckland
DL14 6LS

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Since then, the school has become part of a federation of two schools, with a head of each school, a joint governing body and with one executive headteacher. You became executive headteacher in 2015, following a period in which you provided additional support to the school. You, together with the head of school, form an effective team and provide strong and confident leadership which is respected by staff and parents. As a result, your staff are proud to work at the school. You, your staff and governors have ensured that the school’s strengths in behaviour, the quality of teaching in early years and key stage 1, and the curriculum have been maintained and built upon since the last inspection. Pupils like their school and their delight in learning is evident in early years classes and all key stages. In lessons, pupils keep to task and work hard to meet the high expectations that staff have of them. They told us that the school is helping them learn and there are lots of fun things to do. Pupils in key stage 2 are proud of mastering reading skills and earning rewards for their good work and behaviour. Behaviour around school, in the play areas and dining room is equally strong due to clear and well-established routines. Staff are highly skilled in supporting pupils’ individual needs. At lunchtime, kitchen staff help pupils to make their meal choices and those who need specialist help with feeding receive it from specially trained care assistants. Parents who spoke with inspectors or who responded to Ofsted’s survey, Parent View, are overwhelmingly positive about the education and care that their children receive. They are pleased with the changes in their children and respect the skills and professionalism of you and your staff that have helped to bring this about. One parent wrote, ‘This school is a sea of calm every time you step through the door. They make dealing with difficult behaviour look effortless.’ Parents also welcome the increasing opportunities you have introduced to support their children’s learning through ‘Wow days’, visits and activities. Governors are well informed about the work of the school and have strengthened this aspect of their role following federation. They receive detailed information and take steps through their link roles and visits to see at first hand the impact the school has on pupils. Governors are supportive and challenging in equal measure. They undertake their duties conscientiously and their professional skills are well aligned to their designated roles such as safeguarding or links to early years classes. Safeguarding is effective. A culture of safeguarding is established across the school. Leaders and governors ensure through their checks that safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Procedures and recruitment checks on the suitability of staff are embedded and followed. Staff understand their responsibility to keep pupils safe. Regular training on safeguarding and supporting pupils’ medical, health and personal care needs ensures a consistent approach across the school. Monthly checks of medication and its administration take place to underpin this reliability. Strong links with a large number of external agencies are established. Records show that referrals are made promptly and followed through. Pupils with behavioural needs, who may be a risk to themselves and others, are quickly and well supported through care plans that are tailored to their needs. They are regularly reviewed and updated as these needs change. The plans are effective and reviews show a steady reduction in behavioural incidents. You make sure that pupils learn how to keep themselves safe. Pupils who talked with an inspector confidently explained some of the potential dangers and how to stay safe when using the internet. Parents are very positive about how well their children are looked after. They value the care their children receive, including those with life-limiting conditions. Pupils feel safe and say that if they are upset or unwell, they tell any adult, knowing they will take care of them. Pupils say their toys are safe and are aware that the school takes such steps to care for them. Inspection findings Since the last inspection you have implemented a new curriculum and approach to delivering the curriculum. You are rightly proud of this work and we agreed that a key line of enquiry would be to investigate the impact it has on pupils’ progress. Together with your staff, you are making learning exciting and active. You have placed an emphasis on providing opportunities for pupils to come together to work on projects that include many different subjects and skills. These are known throughout the school as ‘Wow days’. Other developments have brought greater opportunities for pupils to continue their learning through play. You have brought staff and governors together to ensure that the changes you have introduced have been well planned, resourced and explained to pupils and parents. The changes that you have made to the curriculum have, in a short time, brought about improvements in pupils’ attitudes to learning, developed their social and emotional skills, and contributed to increasing achievement in all subjects. There is scope to develop the curriculum even further. Checks on pupils’ work during this inspection found that pupils who are most able currently do not have opportunities to progress in their reasoning and problem-solving skills in mathematics. Another of my key lines of enquiry was to find out how you had tackled the recommendations made at the time of the school’s last inspection. Your reorganisation of classes, so that pupils are taught in specialist groups, has helped teachers to know and support each child better. This change has resulted in a much stronger match between the expertise that teachers have and their understanding of the specialist needs of the pupils in their classes. Our classroom visits found the school to be a calm and happy place, where pupils are developing into confident and enthusiastic learners. Teaching and support staff work together well and have a clear understanding of the welfare, social and academic needs of the pupils in their class. Activities in numeracy, reading, writing and communication are well pitched to pupils’ interests and sustain concentration. Changes to the way literacy and numeracy are taught throughout the school have helped to improve the quality and consistency of teaching. This has ensured that expectations progressively increase in reading, writing and mathematics as pupils move through the school. As a result of the good-quality training and support provided to teachers, they are confidently using a wide range of strategies and resources to ensure that activities and tasks are better aligned to pupils’ needs. For example, in early years classes and in all key stages, the teaching of signing and communication through picture, language, switches and other aids is enabling children with no verbal communication to interact, share their feelings and wishes, and take part in activities that meet their needs. Although inspectors saw many examples of staff skilfully adapting tasks to promote swifter progress, some activities could move pupils on more quickly to develop learning further. Opportunities are provided for most-able pupils to write independently, however, this work is not always built upon and developed enough to extend their skills. A final area that I explored was how the school identifies the progress that pupils make in their learning. Systems to establish pupils’ starting points are embedded across the school. Evidence seen in the early years classes, and as pupils join the school in other year groups, demonstrates a consistent approach to identifying what pupils can do. School data shows a trend of improving progress in reading, writing and mathematics for all groups of pupils from their starting points. School information also shows that all pupils in the school have made better progress in every subject since the new curriculum was introduced 12 months ago. Subject leaders are enthusiastic and keen to develop their roles. They told us they feel well supported to take their ideas and initiatives forward. Systems are in place to enable them to check the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms and books to assess pupils’ progress in the wider curriculum. However, not all subject leaders are using this information to best effect to identify where improvements are needed to deepen pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills. You are aware of the variability in the development plans that they produce and are starting to formulate ideas about how to tackle the issue. Next steps for the school Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that: gaps in the curriculum are filled so that most-able pupils have opportunities to develop and progress in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills subject leaders further develop their roles in improving pupils’ achievement through better use of the information they gather to identify where pupils’ learning and progress are best and where improvements are needed. I am copying this letter to the chair of the governing body, the regional schools commissioner and the director of children’s services for Durham. This letter will be published on the Ofsted website. Yours sincerely Gina White Her Majesty’s Inspector Information about the inspection We met with you, the head of school and other senior and middle leaders, and a group of pupils. We also met with a group of governors including the chair of the governing body. Discussions were held with a representative from the local authority. Inspectors visited classes to look at the impact of your work to develop the quality of teaching. We talked to pupils, looked at books and saw examples of teaching and learning across the school. You shared your evaluation of the school and information about the progress pupils are making. We looked at school documents relating to safeguarding and the welfare and care of pupils. We looked at the work, assessments and reports of a range of pupils to see how they are supported and the difference the school is making to their learning and achievement. Parents’ views were gathered through the 31 responses to the online survey. Inspectors also met with two parents at the start of the day. The views of staff were gathered through the inspection survey.

Evergreen Primary School Parent Reviews

100% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 88% Agree 12% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>88, "agree"=>12, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 34 responses up to 05-03-2019
Strongly Agree 88% Agree 12% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>88, "agree"=>12, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 34 responses up to 05-03-2019
Strongly Agree 68% Agree 29% Disagree 3% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>68, "agree"=>29, "disagree"=>3, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 34 responses up to 05-03-2019
Strongly Agree 82% Agree 18% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>82, "agree"=>18, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 34 responses up to 05-03-2019
Strongly Agree 76% Agree 24% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>76, "agree"=>24, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 34 responses up to 05-03-2019
Strongly Agree 41% Agree 32% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 18% {"strongly_agree"=>41, "agree"=>32, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>18} Figures based on 34 responses up to 05-03-2019
Strongly Agree 62% Agree 38% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>62, "agree"=>38, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 34 responses up to 05-03-2019
Strongly Agree 47% Agree 26% Disagree 3% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 24% {"strongly_agree"=>47, "agree"=>26, "disagree"=>3, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>24} Figures based on 34 responses up to 05-03-2019
Strongly Agree 74% Agree 24% Disagree 3% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>74, "agree"=>24, "disagree"=>3, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 34 responses up to 05-03-2019
Strongly Agree 76% Agree 18% Disagree 3% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>76, "agree"=>18, "disagree"=>3, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 34 responses up to 05-03-2019
Strongly Agree 71% Agree 26% Disagree 3% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>71, "agree"=>26, "disagree"=>3, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 34 responses up to 05-03-2019
Yes 100% No 0% {"yes"=>100, "no"=>0} Figures based on 34 responses up to 05-03-2019

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