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Ackworth Howard Church of England Voluntary Controlled Junior and Infant School


Name Ackworth Howard Church of England Voluntary Controlled Junior and Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 May 2016
Address Station Road, Low Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 7HH
Phone Number 01977612124
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 224 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 27.1
Percentage Free School Meals 2.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.2%

Information about this school

This school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is below average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, those who have been eligible for free school meals in the last six years and children in the care of the local authority. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is smaller than that found nationally. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs or disability is broadly average. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. At the time of the inspection the school was led on a temporary basis by an executive headteacher from a local school, due to the unforeseen temporary absence of the substantive headteacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school’s Christian ethos permeates the life of the school, as reflected in the values of ‘Compassion, Forgiveness, Friendship and Trust’. The school has improved markedly since the previous inspection due to the hard work and commitment of leaders, staff and governors. Standards have risen and pupils’ behaviour has improved. Teaching is typically good now and it is sometimes even better. Pupils make good progress in reading, in writing and in mathematics. Governors are highly skilled. They provide insightful and effective challenge and support. Most pupils behave well and work very hard. The school’s leadership has been significantly strengthened by its growing collaborative practice with schools from the teaching school alliance and by the support and guidance of a national leader of education. The quality of teaching has improved because of strong leadership of teaching and learning. Attendance rates are high. Pupils say they feel safe and enjoy coming to school. Their physical and emotional well-being is given high priority. The majority of parents are very supportive of the school. Parents typically comment that ‘there is a lovely community feel to the school. The staff are very positive and friendly.’ It is not yet an outstanding school because : Provision in the early years requires improvement. In particular, too little is expected of the most-able children in the early years. Procedures for checking how well pupils are doing lack rigour. This makes it difficult for leaders and staff to ensure all pupils are doing as well as they can and that all work is well presented. Some pupils could make even better progress because occasionally teachers do not check pupils’ learning carefully enough in lessons. In some lessons a few of the most-able pupils could achieve more; sometimes, in other classes, pupils with special educational needs are not well catered for.