Airedale Infant School

Name Airedale Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 July 2013
Address Poplar Avenue, Townville, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 3QJ
Phone Number 01977519281
Type Academy
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 198 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.0
Academy Sponsor Northern Ambition Academies Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 24.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4%

Information about this school

This is smaller the than average-sized infant school. Nearly all pupils are from White British backgrounds and all pupils currently speak English as their main language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for additional funding for children in the care of the local authority and those eligible for free school meals (the pupil premium) is well above average. The proportion of disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is above average. There is a stable school population, with large numbers of children entering the Early Years Foundation Stage and staying right through until leaving in Year 2.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Pupils achieve well. They make good progress from their low starting points. Teaching is typically good. Very positive relationships with pupils ensure that they want to please their teachers and they are keen to do well. Pupils with special educational needs and those known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding make good progress because they are effectively supported. Pupils are happy and proud of their school. They say they feel safe because ‘the teachers are always watching over us’. Behaviour is outstanding. Pupils have a very positive attitude to their learning and they get on very well together. They are able to show great sensitivity to the needs of their classmates and respond extremely well to the positive role models provided by all staff. Senior leaders and governors are ambitious for the school and want it to do well. Good teamwork is ensuring that improvements are driven through. Staff, including teaching assistants, work well as a team. They are enthusiastic and work hard to make their classrooms and lessons as interesting as possible. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although teaching is good, not enough is outstanding in order to increase attainment in all areas still further. Achievement in writing is not as strong as in reading and mathematics. Pupils do not always have enough opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning. The most able learners are not always fully challenged in lessons. Pupils do not read to adults very often at home or read to adults at school enough.