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Ackton Pastures Primary Academy


Name Ackton Pastures Primary Academy
Website http://www.acktonpastures.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 29 June 2016
Address College Grove, Whitwood, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 5NS
Phone Number 01977802322
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 332 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.6
Academy Sponsor Inspire Partnership Multi Academy Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 15.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.8%

Information about this school

This school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is slightly higher than average. (The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, and children looked after by the local authority). The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is lower than average. The proportion of pupils with statements of special educational needs, or education, health and care plans, is above the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards that set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Children in the early years attend part time in Nursery and full time in Reception. The school is federated with Half Acres Primary School. The principal, who is also the headteacher of Half Acres Primary School, was in post at the time of the previous inspection. She is a local leader of education and provides leadership support to other schools. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The principal, ably supported by senior leaders and a well-informed governing body, has set high expectations of pupils and staff. As a result, school improvement has been sustained and rapid. The school has benefited from the federation arrangements that have provided additional leadership expertise and learning support. Leaders have rightly focused efforts on improving the quality of teaching. They have addressed the issues identified in the previous inspection and teaching is now good. Progress is accelerating for all groups of pupils and funding to support disadvantaged pupils is targeted effectively. Consequently these pupils are gaining lost ground. Teachers make effective use of assessment information to plan next steps in learning. Pupils respond well to constructive feedback about their work. Pupils are keen to learn and participate in learning. As a result, lessons proceed smoothly and time is used well. Children get off to a flying start in their education because the early years provision offers a secure and stimulating setting. Pupils’ writing is a real strength. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A significant proportion of pupils are not yet confident in speaking aloud in front of others. The quality of presentation in work across subjects does not match the standards seen in English and mathematics. Subject leaders’ roles are at an early stage of development and subject leaders have yet to maximise their impact on standards. Pupils do not apply their mathematics skills across different subjects, especially in science. There are limited opportunities for children in the early years to develop their imagination and curiosity through investigative challenges. The work to promote understanding of fundamental British values is not yet fully developed.