Headteacher’s Message: On behalf of the children, staff and governors of Corporation Road Community Primary School, I would like to welcome you to our school website. The quality of education and provision has improved dramatically in school since I became the Headteacher in September 2015 and especially since the Ofsted inspection in February 2016. Validated national assessment information confirms that pupils who left Year 6 in 2018 made well above average progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The school is in the top 5% of schools nationally for progress between KS1 and KS2 for writing and maths, and in the top 25% for reading. Pupil premium pupils made better progress in writing and maths than ‘other’ pupils nationally. The ‘low and middle prior attainment’ pupil groups also made particularly impressive gains. Because of the outstanding progress Year 6 pupils made during their time at the school, 62% of pupils met the required standards in reading, writing and maths combined, compared to the 64% seen nationally. Average scores in reading were 102 compared to 105 nationally, while average scores in maths at 104 equalled the national average. The ethos of the school is to ensure teaching and learning is clearly focused on 'all of the children, all of the time'. Underpinning this is a whole school culture, which is clearly focused on supporting and developing the self-image of each child. Behaviour and attitudes to learning across school are good. Pupils are polite and courteous, for example they hold doors open for visitors and each other without being prompted. They conduct themselves in a confident, respectful manner. Relationships between adults and pupils are constructive, with positive attitudes to learning and behaviours celebrated in class and whole school. The curriculum of the school caters for all cultures and faiths, including the promotion of fundamental British values. Pupils show a strong sense of respect for others' values and faiths; accepting, celebrating and embracing the range of faiths and religions represented across the school. High aspirations and always striving to be the best are evident across school. Children are given opportunities to experience university life and investigate lifelong learning and career opportunities. The school is now part of the LIngfield Education Trust and has a Local Advisory Board. The Governing Body consists of Valerie Johnston, Chair of the Local Advisory Board, Mr. N Blackburn, CEO Lingfield Education Trust, Mr. S Crowther, (Looked After Children & Health & Safety), Mrs. A Pringleton (Headteacher), Mr. J Steel (Safeguarding), Mrs. Chris Archer, Associate Member (Head of Early Years, Darlington Borough Council). From the minute you step into the building, the rise in aspirations and expectations and the care and love provided for the pupils is palpable; through the flowers, calm music and relaxing aromas to the attention to detail in displays. Significant alterations have also been made to the internal and external learning environments to support improvements in teaching and learning and better outcomes for all children The school is committed to high standards in all areas of the curriculum and all staff in school have very high expectations of both the children and themselves. The school sees itself as being at the heart of the community, adopting the moral values and ethics of the cultures and diverse backgrounds of our families. In January 2019 the school was awarded ‘The Well-Being Award for Schools’. Strengths identified in the review:
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