Aiskew, Leeming Bar Church of England Primary School

Name Aiskew, Leeming Bar Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 05 June 2019
Address 2 Leeming Lane, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9AU
Phone Number 01677422403
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 38 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 9.3
Local Authority North Yorkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 17.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.8%

Information about this school

Aiskew Leeming Bar Church of England Primary School is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. There are two classes. Children in the early years are taught alongside pupils in Years 1 and 2. Pupils in Years 3 to 6 are taught together. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language but there is an increasing number of pupils from different ethnic backgrounds for whom English is an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are supported by the pupil premium funding is average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is much higher than average but numbers of these groups can vary from year to year because of the small cohorts of pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement In the short time available since the appointment of the new headteacher, leaders and governors have not yet been fully effective in improving the quality of teaching so it is consistently good. Activities planned in mathematics do not provide sufficient challenge. There are too few opportunities for pupils to set out their own mathematics work. The teaching of writing does not provide sufficient scope for pupils to write independently. The spelling of some older pupils is still weak because previous teaching has not addressed this. The planning of subjects other than English and mathematics does not routinely ensure clear progression to help pupils gain secure knowledge and understanding. Some subject leaders new to post have not yet acquired the skills to effectively monitor and evaluate their subjects. Adults in the early years sometimes miss opportunities to challenge children and move their learning on. Questioning is not always used effectively to develop children’s language skills. The school has the following strengths The positive climate for learning created by the headteacher and her staff means pupils now behave well and have good attitudes. Pupils feel safe and well cared for. Parents and carers are confident in the school’s procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of pupils. The teaching of reading is good and pupils enjoy books and talk about how the use of class texts helps them with their writing. The use of additional funding for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) as well as disadvantaged pupils is used effectively so these pupils achieve well.