Accrington Huncoat Primary School

Name Accrington Huncoat Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 November 2012
Address Lynwood Road, Huncoat, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 6LR
Phone Number 01254233369
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 227 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.5
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 37.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. A small proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. A few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils supported at school action and school action plus is above average. The proportion of pupils supported with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There have been a number of staff changes since the last inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children make a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage classes so that they enter Year 1 with skills and knowledge almost at the expected level for their age. Teaching is consistently good in nearly all classes. Pupils make good progress throughout the school in reading, writing and mathematics. Standards in Year 6 rose in 2012 national tests to above average, with more pupils reaching expected, and better than expected levels, in English and mathematics. Pupils enjoy coming to school and this is reflected in their above average attendance. Pupils experience a wide range of interesting and exciting experiences throughout the year. Pupils feel safe in school and their behaviour is good both in and out of lessons. The headteacher’s skill and determination has successfully brought about improvements in teaching and standards. Consequently, the school has improved since its last inspection. With the support of an ambitious governing body, four new staff have been appointed and an enthusiastic senior leadership team now makes rigorous checks on the school’s performance. Parents have high regard for the school and a strong, caring team of staff provide very good pastoral and welfare arrangements which enable pupils and their families to be well supported. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not consistently good across the school and not enough is outstanding. Marking does not always tell pupils how to improve their work. Teachers do not always provide pupils with work at the right level to meet their needs, especially for more-able pupils.