Adlington Primary School

Name Adlington Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 November 2013
Address Park Road, Adlington, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 4JA
Phone Number 01257480557
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 132 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.4
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 20.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.5%
Persisitent Absence 5.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Adlington is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of a Reception class. Key Stage 2 pupils are taught in two mixed-age classes. Some year group cohorts are small and some classes are smaller than others. Most pupils are White British and speak English as their home language. A small number of pupils are from Gypsy Roma backgrounds. A higher than average proportion of pupils enters and leaves the school at other than the usual times. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. An average proportion of pupils are supported at school action plus or have a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through pupil premium funding is above the national average. (This additional funding is provided for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority.) The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. There have been changes in leadership and staffing since the previous inspection. A new deputy headteacher was appointed in September 2013. A privately managed after-school club is provided on school premises. This provision is subject to a separate inspection and its report can be read on the website at

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The quality of teaching has improved since the previous inspection. It is good overall with some examples that are outstanding. As a result, pupils’ achievement has improved and they achieve well. Pupils make good and often rapid progress from their individual starting points. The majority of pupils reach nationally expected levels in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. An increasing proportion of pupils across the school are working at levels higher than those expected for their age because the level of challenge provided in lessons meets the needs of all. Pupils known to be eligible for free school meals achieve as well as other pupils in the school. The warm, strong and supportive relationships which exist throughout the school help pupils to thrive. Pupils are very proud of their school. They are keen to learn and feel very safe. Parents have a high regard for the way staff care for their children and help them make progress. The headteacher has a very clear view of how the school can move forward. A number of well-thought plans have been put into place, which have increased the level of progress throughout the school. Senior and middle leaders contribute well to implementing change. The school is well placed to continue to improve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A little teaching still requires improvement. When pupils write in other subjects than in English, opportunities to develop basic literacy skills are sometimes missed. In some lessons pupils do not have enough time to complete tasks independently. Although governors know the school well, they have not yet been rigorous in comparing the school’s performance with schools nationally.