Acomb Primary School

Name Acomb Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 July 2014
Address West Bank, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 4ES
Phone Number 01904798453
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 314
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.7
Academy Sponsor Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is below average. A well below average proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds, while a below average proportion speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported at school action is below average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus and with a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. One pupil attends another local primary school (St Oswald’s) each morning, to receive specialist teaching. The on-site provision for childcare, ‘Acomb Out of School club’ is inspected separately. The report is on the Ofsted website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, governors and all staff have successfully worked together to bring about marked improvements in teaching and in pupils’ achievement since the last inspection. From average starting points, pupils make good progress in the Reception classes. They continue to achieve well and reach above average standards when they leave Year 6. Pupils behave well and feel very safe in school. They are keen to learn, share their ideas sensibly and work hard. Good teaching enables pupils to make good progress over time. Well-managed classes, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers and informative and attractive classroom displays, all contribute to pupils’ enjoyment of learning. The school is well led and managed. Staff feel valued and morale is high. They are not complacent and are continually striving for improvement. Consequently, the school is well placed to improve further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is good but not outstanding. Some teaching, particularly in mathematics does not enable pupils to make very rapid progress. A few pupils do not always act on their teacher’s advice on how to improve their work. The roles of subject coordinators in leading and monitoring the work of their subject areas are not yet fully developed.