Accrington Peel Park Primary School


Name Accrington Peel Park Primary School
Website http://www.peel-park.lancsngfl.ac.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 19 June 2012
Address Alice Street, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 6QR
Phone Number 01254231583
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 617 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 28.2
Percentage Free School Meals 14.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.7%

Information about the school

Peel Park is a much larger than average primary school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is lower than average, and few are at an early stage of speaking English as an additional language. The number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. Since the previous inspection the school has become part of a trust, and is working closely with a range of partners, including four other schools. It has also gained a number of awards, including National School of Creativity status, flagship status for Healthy Schools, Arts Mark Gold, and Eco-school status. There is out-of-school provision on the school site which is not managed by the governing body. The school meets the current floor standards which set the minimum standards expected by the government. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is an outstanding school. It has many significant strengths which enable pupils to thrive and reach their full potential, both academically and personally. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. Typically, most children join the school with skills and knowledge which are well below those expected for their age, and all pupils, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, make outstanding progress across each Key Stage. As a result, attainment for the current Year 6 is above average. The overall quality of teaching is excellent. Teachers and teaching assistants work tirelessly to ensure that provision in the classroom matches the needs of pupils of all abilities, so that all are both challenged and supported. Marking is of consistently high quality and ensures that pupils have a very clear understanding of how well they are doing and what they need to do to improve. Very occasionally, teachers structure activities too tightly, and opportunities are missed for pupils to extend their learning still further by asking their own questions and following their own lines of enquiry. The behaviour and safety of pupils is exemplary. Pupils say that Peel Park is a ‘fun’ and a ‘caring’ school. They enjoy their experiences and this is reflected in their above-average attendance. Adults have high expectations of pupils and lead by example, ensuring an ethos of courtesy and respect in which all pupils feel valued and are exceptionally supportive of each other. They have an excellent understanding of risk and know how to keep themselves safe. Leadership and management are outstanding. Senior leaders and governors have created a clear vision which permeates the school and is summed up by the motto, ‘high expectations, all pupils, and no excuses’. Their drive for improvement has been systematic and robust, and they have an excellent understanding of the strengths and areas for development of the school.