Adwick Primary School

Name Adwick Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 July 2015
Address Stafford Road, Woodlands, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN6 7LW
Phone Number 01302723568
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 404 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.1
Percentage Free School Meals 16.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.5%

Information about this school

This is a much larger than average sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are White British. A much lower than average proportion of pupils speaks English as an additional language. There is a much higher than average proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged. These pupils are supported through the pupil premium funding, which is additional government funding provided to support pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils or with special educational needs is well above average. Children enter the school in the Nursery class on a part-time basis. The large majority move into the Reception class in the school on a full-time basis. The school is organised on a split site, with Nursery to Year 2 on one site and Year 3 to Year 6 pupils on another site. The sites are around half a mile away from one another. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. From their different starting points, all groups of pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. This is the case across all year groups. A much higher proportion of pupils reach the standards expected for their age compared with that at the time of the last inspection. A higher proportion than at that time also exceeds the expected standard. Teaching is good and sometimes outstanding. Teachers take account of pupils’ individual needs. They regularly check what pupils understand and use the information effectively to plan activities. Teachers promote a positive atmosphere for learning and pupils are confident and interested. This leads to pupils’ good attitudes to learning. Pupils conduct themselves well around the school. They are respectful to adults and there are sensible rules which pupils understand well. As a result, there is a calm atmosphere around the school and pupils feel safe. Pupils’ attendance has improved consistently since the last inspection. The improvements are due to pupils’ increased enjoyment of school and better attendance has supported their much higher achievement. Leaders, and the headteacher in particular, have worked effectively to make the necessary improvements to teaching. Training is effective and closely matches the needs of individual staff. This has led to much stronger practice in classrooms. Governors have reflected on their practice and have undergone training which has had a positive impact on their understanding of pupils’ achievement. They now challenge leaders well and identify where there is any underachievement. This has supported leaders to make improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement. The provision in the early years is effective. Leaders and teachers respond well to children’s specific needs and the indoor area is particularly well used to support children’s development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not make outstanding progress because, while work is challenging, it does not always offer pupils the chance to make very rapid progress. The outdoor area for the early years is not as well developed as the indoor area. There is not equality of provision between the two areas. At times, the outdoor area for Key Stage 2 pupils does not offer enough opportunity for purposeful play. Equally, the leadership roles undertaken by pupils at social times are not always well organised or effective. At times, some pupils need more guidance as to how to present work neatly and clearly.