Heighington Church of England Primary School

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Coordinates: 54°35′49″N 1°37′16″W / 54.597°N 1.621°W / 54.597; -1.621

Heighington Church of England Primary School
Type Academy
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Neil Parker
Location Hopelands
County Durham
DfE URN 137022 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 260
Gender Mixed
Ages 4–11
Website Official site

Heighinton CE Primary School is a Church of England primary school with academy status located in the village of Heighington, near Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. It educates around 260 pupils aged 4–11. It has a rural locality and has been assessed by Ofsted as providing an outstanding education. The Headmaster since 1995 has been Neil Parker.[1]

Academic standards[edit]

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."[1]

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.[2][3]


The premises were progressively extended between 2000 and 2004 with new classrooms and additional administrative space.[4] 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.[5]

Church bells project[edit]

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.[6]

School awards[edit]

Faculty awards[edit]

  • Neil Parker won the North-East 2002 Leadership Trust Award for School Leadership.[7]

Notable former pupils[edit]


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