Accrington Benjamin Hargreaves Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School

Name Accrington Benjamin Hargreaves Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 October 2015
Address Barnfield Street, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 2AQ
Phone Number 01254232130
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 164 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.8
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 14%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is smaller than most primary schools. Pupils are taught in six classes, some of which have a mixture of two age groups. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Pakistani pupils form the largest other group. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by pupil premium funding is below the national average, but varies across the school. Pupil premium is additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, and those looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and pupils who have special educational needs is below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupil’s attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Pupils told inspectors, ‘We have lots of good lessons and sports opportunities.’ Consequently, they enjoy school, and their attendance is above average. Parents who responded to the online questionnaire or spoke to inspectors expressed positive views, saying their children are happy, well looked after and kept safe. The strong commitment of leaders, governors and staff to continually move forward and make the school even better has ensured that teaching is now good and attainment has risen. Good teaching and the well-planned curriculum capture pupils’ interest, so they work hard and make good progress. The care with which pupils present their work is a real strength. The early years provision gives children a good start to their learning. All groups of pupils achieve well, including those who are disabled, those who have special educational needs and those who are disadvantaged. When pupils leave the school, attainment matches national averages, and more are attaining above this in reading and mathematics Behaviour and safety are good. Pupils feel safe and secure because they are well cared for, particularly those whose circumstances make them vulnerable. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well. Pupils acquire traditional British values, become responsible individuals, and respect and appreciate different cultures and religions. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of teaching is securely improving but does not yet result in outstanding achievement, and attainment in writing lags behind reading and mathematics. A very small minority of parents do not feel well informed about how the school manages some aspects of behaviour. The leadership of special educational needs provision is at a very early stage of development.