Aberford Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Name Aberford Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Website http://www.aberfordprimaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 April 2014
Address School Lane, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 3BU
Phone Number 01132813302
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 98 (39% boys 61% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.6
Percentage Free School Meals 4.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Aberford Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School is a much smaller than average primary school. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is slightly above average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is well below average. (The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority.) The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups and who speak English as an additional language is much lower than that found nationally. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. There is a before- and after-school club on the premises which is managed and run by an external provider.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Aberford is a small school that has high expectations of staff and pupils. As a result, pupils achieve well. Most children begin school with skills that are generally typical for their age, but leave Year 6 with standards that are above the national average. The quality of the teaching is good. This enables pupils to make good progress from their starting points. Pupils are taught to use different types of thinking skills which sharpen their learning well. Writing skills are taught well throughout the school. Pupils’ progress is checked regularly and good feedback given to pupils through marking in their workbooks. The headteacher has a significant impact in improving the quality of teaching throughout the school. Her relentless drive is the main reason for the recently significantly improved standards that pupils reach. The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good. Safeguarding procedures are robust and children say they feel very safe. The behaviour of pupils is also good. Pupils enjoy coming to school. The positive atmosphere between staff and parents at the start of the school day continues into school with pupils. Governors actively check and measure the performance of the school and provide excellent support as well as challenge to school leaders. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet outstanding. Some pupils lose valuable learning time when they are kept waiting for others to catch up. Teachers do not always have enough opportunities to observe each other’s practice in order to improve their own teaching further. Pupils’ understanding of what they need to aim for in their work is still at an early stage. The progress of pupils in Key Stage 1 is not as rapid as that in Key Stage 2.