Adel St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School

Name Adel St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 June 2011
Address Long Causeway, Adel, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 8EX
Phone Number 01132611804
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 209 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.9
Percentage Free School Meals 4.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11%

Information about the school

The school is smaller than the average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below the national average. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. A small minority are from other ethnic groups. However, the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below the national average. The school has achieved a number of awards, including the International Schools Award, the Activemark and Healthy School status. At the time of the previous inspection the headteacher had been in post for six weeks. Since that time there have been significant changes in staffing, including a new deputy headteacher. A private provider offers pre-school childcare as well as before- and after-school care on the school site. This is not managed by the school’s governing body and did not form part of the inspection.

Main findings

Adel St John the Baptist is a good school. Strong leadership and management have resulted in significant improvements being made since the previous inspection. Many aspects of the school’s work are outstanding. Care, guidance and support for pupils are of the highest quality. A good curriculum enables pupils to develop many outstanding personal qualities and grow into confident, caring young people. It is these qualities, alongside good achievement and high attendance that ensure excellent future economic well-being, despite the minor areas for improvement in writing. The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and they have an excellent knowledge of how to keep safe. Pupils enjoy school, ’I like coming because it’s fun,’ is typical of pupils’ comments. Pupils make an outstanding contribution to both the school and local community. This is a highly inclusive school with all pupils being fully included in school life. One parent described the school as one, ’where every child is treated with respect and as an individual.’ Extremely strong partnerships with external agencies provide high quality support for potentially vulnerable pupils. Equally strong links with the church and local schools have supported the improvements in the curriculum and promote community cohesion well. Links with a school in India, charity work and events, such as International Week, provide pupils with a deeper understanding of the wide range of beliefs and cultures found beyond Great Britain. Children get off to a good start in Reception and achieve well as they move through the school. Attainment at the end of Year 6 is above average and improving strongly. All pupils, irrespective of their starting points or abilities, make good progress. Regular assessments are carefully moderated to ensure their reliability. These inform the tracking system so progress is closely monitored. Whilst attainment in writing is above national averages, progress in this area is not as rapid as that in reading or mathematics. In a small number of classes writing tasks lack challenge, particularly for the more-able pupils and there are missed opportunities for writing in other subjects. Teaching overall is good with some outstanding practice seen. Work is marked regularly and provides pupils with useful feedback. Occasionally, pupils are not given sufficiently detailed guidance as how to make even greater improvements in their writing. The school has a very accurate view of its strengths and weaknesses and is very effective at securing improvement. The driving force behind the school’s success is the highly motivated senior leadership team that has inspired all members of staff to strive to improve provision. The governing body is equally committed and oversees safeguarding procedures well. All share a strong sense of purpose and work together very effectively. This pursuit of excellence accounts for the improvements since the last inspection and why the school has a good capacity to sustain improvement.