Acklington Church of England Controlled First School Closed

Name Acklington Church of England Controlled First School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 October 2012
Address Acklington, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 9BW
Phone Number 01670760335
Type Primary
Age Range 4-9
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 13 (37% boys 63% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 3.6
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Acklington is a much smaller than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium is higher than the national average and increasing significantly. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is broadly average. The proportions supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational need are high compared to the national average. All pupils are of White British heritage. A higher than average and increasing proportion of pupils joins or leaves the school at other than the usual times. The school works in close collaboration with local schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The passion and drive of the headteacher ensures that all pupils, including those eligible for pupil premium, make good progress and learn effectively. Children enter school with starting points that vary from below average to above average. Speech and language skills are often underdeveloped and a few have complex learning and development needs. Pupils’ attainment by the time they leave school is typically above average overall. Attainment is a little higher in English than mathematics. Pupils enjoy their learning and thrive in the happy, friendly family atmosphere. They behave well and are considerate and polite. Teaching and learning are good. Teachers have secure expectations of what pupils of all backgrounds can achieve. Classroom support is effective and thorough checking of pupils’ progress ensures that any slips or gaps in their learning are promptly addressed. The good curriculum provides increasingly rich opportunities for learning. Outstanding spiritual development opportunities successfully encourage pupils to reflect with fascination and curiosity on the world around them. Senior leaders and governors have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement. Monitoring and evaluation is firmly directed towards the impact of actions taken to improve the quality of learning and boost achievement, including for those eligible for pupil premium. The school demonstrates a good capacity to secure further improvements. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Mathematical skills are not developed well enough, as opportunities are sometimes missed to practise skills and stretch thinking even more. Pupils show interest in their learning, although teaching does not always relentlessly promote high levels of engagement, especially for boys. Marking does not always give clear guidance for improvement.