Albert Village Primary School

Name Albert Village Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 September 2013
Address Occupation Road, Albert Village, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 8HA
Phone Number 01283217880
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 202 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.0
Academy Sponsor Oval Learning Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 5.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.5%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are White British. There are no other significant groups. There are currently few pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. In this school it currently applies to pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The number of pupils who join the school other than at the normal intake time is higher than in most schools. The school has recently undergone an extensive building and refurbishment programme. The school works together with a group of other schools as part of a learning alliance. There is a Nursery for children age 3–4 years on the school site which is run by the governing body and forms part of the school’s Early Years provision. A before-school club takes place on the school site every morning. It is run by an external provider and is inspected separately.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The majority of children enter the Nursery with levels of skills that are below those typical for their age. Pupils leave Year 6 at broadly average in English and mathematics. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 make consistently good progress. In Key Stage 2 progress has risen strongly in the last two years, both in English and mathematics, and is now good. All different groups of pupils currently in the school are making consistently good progress from their different starting points. Teaching is good in all classes. Sometimes teaching is outstanding. Teachers organise teaching assistants to support pupils effectively. Relationships between staff and pupils are good. Teachers give pupils many opportunities to work together and to practise their speaking and listening skills in lessons. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are positive. They behave well in lessons, in the playground and around school. The headteacher leads the school well. She has recruited very effective senior managers and created a strong staff team. All teaching has now been improved to at least good. All leaders and managers monitor teachers’ and pupils’ performance well. They have responded to any areas of underachievement immediately and effectively. Leaders have been particularly effective in improving standards in mathematics and reading. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Learning is not always closely enough matched to pupils’ needs so as to maximise their progress. Learning is not always innovative and exciting enough to create a ‘learning buzz’ in the classroom.