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Accrington St John with St Augustine Church of England Primary School

Name Accrington St John with St Augustine Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 March 2014
Address Maudsley Street, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 6AD
Phone Number 01254392717
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 204 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.8
Percentage Free School Meals 27%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.3%

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average size primary school. Pupils are taught in year group classes from Reception to Year 6. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported at school is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs has recently doubled and is above average. There is a larger than average proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are in the care of the local authority and children from service families. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups and who speak English as an additional language, is below average. There have been a number of changes to staff and the governing body in the last 18 months, including the recent appointment of a substantive headteacher and the secondment of three staff taking on leadership roles. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school provides a bright and inspiring learning environment. Pupils’ attainment has improved significantly in all key stages. Pupils attained broadly average levels in standardised assessments in 2013. Pupils’ work shows that this upward trend is continuing and pupils are making good progress from their starting points. Teaching is consistently good. It builds on pupils’ knowledge and skills effectively over time. All staff set high expectations for pupils’ behaviour and the quality of their work. Pupils’ good behaviour in lessons helps them to achieve well. They are extremely polite and well mannered. They feel and are safe. The headteacher provides excellent leadership and is well supported by the deputy headteacher, other leaders and governors. Self-evaluation is searching and accurate. Teaching has improved as a result of effective performance management and good quality professional development. Strong leadership, highly effective teamwork and good teaching provide the school with good capacity to secure further improvements. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some of the most able pupils are not making as rapid progress as others, particularly in writing and mathematics. Marking is not always precise enough to provide pupils with additional challenge. There is scope for middle leaders to build further on the good work they have started. Provision for outdoor learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage requires further improvement.