Akroydon Primary Academy

Name Akroydon Primary Academy
Website http://www.akroydonprimary.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 November 2013
Address Rawson Street North, Boothtown, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 6PU
Phone Number 01422351291
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 372 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.7
Academy Sponsor Trinity Multi Academy Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 24.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.1%

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is higher than other schools. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is much lower than average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is much higher than average. (The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children that are looked after by the local authority.) The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school is a part of the North Halifax Cluster of Self Improving Schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leadership and management are outstanding. The headteacher and deputy headteacher have an uncompromising passion to raise the achievement of pupils, which they have done very successfully. The governors and leaders know the school very well and know what the results are telling them. They make plans that ensure the school continues to reach the highest standards. Standards at the end of Year 6 in 2013 in reading, writing and mathematics were high and standards have been rising each year for the past three years. This is an improving school. Teaching is good across the whole school including in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils, including the most able, make good and sometimes outstanding progress from their different starting points. Teaching assistants make a highly effective contribution both in and out of lessons. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school at different times. They cooperate well with adults and each other when working on tasks and in their groups. High quality activities both in and out of school and specialist sports staff further enhance the excellent curriculum for all pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Activities in lessons do not always precisely match the differing abilities of pupils so they do not always make rapid progress. Teachers do not always move pupils onto the next activity early enough. Teaching assistants are not always involved soon enough in some lessons. At times teachers do not consistently use the school’s established procedures to help pupils to keep track of what they are learning and so enable them to make faster progress.