|Name||Ackworth Mill Dam School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||23 November 2012|
|Address||Mill Gate, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 7PH|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||173 (58% boys 42% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||25.6|
|Academy Sponsor||Waterton Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||5.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.2%|
Information about this school
This is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are from White British families. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional government funding allocated to the school for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after by the local authority or the children of forces families, is average. The proportion of pupils supported by school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils of all abilities make good progress through school in English and mathematics. They enjoy learning and strive to achieve well. Those pupils with special educational needs also make good progress because teachers set work which boosts their basic skills well. Children make a good start to their learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. They play and work well together and are inquisitive about the world around them. The quality of teaching is good because : lessons are engaging and well planned. Teachers use feedback and marking well to help pupils improve their own work. Pupils’ behaviour and their safety are good. Pupils respect each other and their teachers because they feel valued and well cared for. Pupils are reflective and considerate because : of the many good opportunities they have to learn about the lives of others and the world around them. The headteacher and senior leadership team set a clear direction for school development and pursue it rigorously. They are supported well by the governing body. As a result, pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching have improved well since the last inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a few lessons opportunities are missed to challenge pupils to make even better progress. Pupils do not always have the chance to use and apply the skills they have learned. Outdoor activities in the Early Years Foundation Stage do not fully develop children’s literacy and numeracy skills.