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Alkrington Primary School

Name Alkrington Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 July 2013
Address Manor Road, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1JZ
Phone Number 01616436357
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 446 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.4
Percentage Free School Meals 11.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.4%

Information about this school

Alkrington is larger than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is in line with the national 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 who are looked after by the local authority.) The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average as is the proportion of pupils supported at school action. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the previous inspection there have been changes to the senior leadership team and governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement is good. From their varying starting points they make good progress, especially in reading and mathematics, during their time in school. Effective help and guidance mean that all groups of pupils achieve well including disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, and those who are supported by pupil premium funding. Teaching is good and sometimes outstanding. Pupils show high levels of enjoyment and are keen to take part in all activities. Relationships in lessons are good. Staff, including non-teaching staff, work well together. Behaviour is good in lessons and around school. Pupils feel safe and are confident that adults will react quickly to any problems they may have. Attendance has improved and is now above average. The headteacher leads the school extremely effectively. Standards are rising and there is consistent improvement in the progress being made by pupils. Leadership has had a positive impact on improving the quality of teaching. The governing body provides a good level of challenge and support for the school. Governors are fully involved in the continuous drive for improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although teaching is good, not enough is outstanding as teachers do not have adequate opportunities to observe outstanding teaching and share best practice. Not enough pupils reach the highest levels because tasks are not always hard enough, particularly for the more-able pupils. Pupils’ progress in writing is not as strong as in other subjects. Pupils do not have sufficient opportunities to write in other subjects and, when they do, work is not marked well enough.