Aiskew, Leeming Bar Church of England Primary School

Name Aiskew, Leeming Bar Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 02 March 2017
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 (60% boys 40% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 9.3
Percentage Free School Meals 10.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.8%

Information about this school

Aiskew, Leeming Bar Church of England Primary is much smaller than the average primary school. A very small number of pupils are supported by the pupil premium fund. The percentage is much smaller than the national average and too small to report on in detail without risking identifying individual pupils. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below the national average. The percentage of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is just below the national average. No pupils have an education, health and care plan. The proportion of pupils who enter or leave the school at times other than the beginning of a key stage or school year is higher than average. The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about admissions, access facilities for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, or the impact of sports and physical education funding on its website. The school meets the current floor standards. These are the minimum expectations of pupils’ achievement in English and mathematics set by the government.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Considerable instability in staffing has contributed to inconsistencies in the quality of teaching over time, resulting in too many pupils making insufficient progress. Throughout this small school, a significant number of pupils, including the most able, are working below the standard which they are capable of reaching. Leaders’ actions to address the staffing issues and secure consistently good teaching and outcomes have had limited effect until very recently. Teachers’ expectations of what pupils can and should be able to do have been variable over time and some low expectation persists. The occasional poor behaviour of a very small number of pupils sometimes has a negative effect on other pupils. A significant minority of pupils have not developed effective learning behaviours. At times, when teaching is less engaging, or not well matched to pupils’ needs, these pupils lose interest and do not get on with their work. Too many children in the early years have not received a good enough grounding so they continue to struggle with their learning throughout key stage 1. The concerns of some parents who have lost confidence in the school remain unresolved. The school has the following strengths The headteacher, ably assisted by the recently appointed assistant headteacher, is beginning to get the school back on track. The quality of teaching is improving so pupils’ progress is beginning to quicken. Pupils largely enjoy a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum. Most pupils behave well. Attendance has greatly improved so that it is now above the national average. Persistent absence has been all but eliminated. Despite not managing to stem the problems the school has faced, governors offer considerable challenge and support to leaders.