Heighington Church of England Primary School

Heighington CE Primary School is a Church of England primary school with academy status located in the village of Heighington, near Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. As of 2016 it educated 279 pupils aged 4–11.[1] It has a rural locality and has been assessed by Ofsted as providing an outstanding education. The Headmaster since 1995 has been Neil Parker.[2]

Heighington Church of England Primary School
Address
Hopelands

, ,
DL5 6PH

Information
TypeAcademy
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Department for Education URN137022 Tables
OfstedReports
HeadmasterNeil Parker
GenderMixed
Age4 to 11
Enrolment279
Websitehttp://www.br-and-h.org.uk/

Academic standards

The Ofsted report on 22 May 2007 inspection, rating the school Outstanding, the highest possible assessment, said: "This is an outstanding school where pupils excel in all they do. National test results in English, mathematics, and science over recent years show that pupils’ achievement is outstanding. A combination of outstanding leadership and management, highly effective teaching and learning and a very well planned curriculum and other activities that meet the range of pupils' interests underpins everything the school does."[2]

This school has a well above average point score in English, Maths and Science. With English and Science at 100% pass Levels, and Maths at 97%. The average point score for recent examinations was 31.3 which is higher than both the local authority and national averages of 28.2 and 27.8 respectively.[3][4] In 2014 69% of Key Stage 2 pupils gained a level 5 in Maths and 71% in Reading.[5]

Premises

The premises were progressively extended between 2000 and 2004 with new classrooms and additional administrative space.[6] There was significant local opposition to this expansion on the grounds that children from outside the area would be attracted and so this would increase traffic. Letters of objection and a petition were submitted to the council but the plans went ahead regardless.[7]

Church bells project

Sponsored by BT, in 2004 the school undertook a project to research the origins of the St Michael's Church bells and produced a DVD and book multimedia package.[8]

School awards

Faculty awards

  • Neil Parker won the North-East 2002 Leadership Trust Award for School Leadership.[9]

Notable former pupils

References

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