Ackworth Mill Dam School

Name Ackworth Mill Dam School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 23 November 2012
Address Mill Gate, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 7PH
Phone Number 01977610062
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 157 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.4
Academy Sponsor Waterton Academy Trust
Local Authority Wakefield
Percentage Free School Meals 9.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.6%
Persisitent Absence 5.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

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.