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All Hallows’ CofE (VA) Primary School

Name All Hallows’ CofE (VA) Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 31 March 2015
Address Longcroft, Almondbury, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD5 8XW
Phone Number 01484431700
Type Primary
Age Range 3-9
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 129 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.9
Percentage Free School Meals 25.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.4%

Information about this school

The school is much smaller when compared to the average-sized primary school. There have been significant changes in staffing and governance since the last inspection, including a change in the Chair and vice chair of the Governing Body. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. An above average proportion of pupils are from other ethnic backgrounds. A few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported through pupil premium funding is above average. The pupil premium is government funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The Nursery operates for mornings only. There are two Reception classes. All Reception Year children attend full time. Pupils attend a breakfast and after-school club in a separate building on the school site. This is privately operated and subject to separate inspection. Reports for this setting may be viewed at The school has been receiving close support from a National Leader in Education, who is the headteacher of Shelley First School in Huddersfield.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. This is a happy, highly nurturing and improving school. The headteacher’s determination and vision for improvement is shared by staff and governors. Leaders, managers and governors’ dedication and decisive actions have successfully improved the quality of teaching and achievement of pupils. Staff morale is high because staff are united in working as a team. They feel valued, supported and appreciated. Pupils have many exciting and stimulating learning experiences. These promote well British values and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Strong and positive relationships exist with parents. Partnerships with the local community and other schools are strong. Governors have greatly improved their effectiveness since the last inspection. They are well led and provide rigorous challenge and support to ensure the school continues to improve. Pupils are polite, courteous and proud of their school. Behaviour is good and sometimes outstanding. Pupils say they feel safe because staff look after them well and help them avoid dangers. Pupils are eager to learn. Their punctuality and attendance is improving. Pupils have highly positive and trusting relationships with staff. This boosts pupils’ self esteem and willingness to try their best. The quality of teaching is never less than good. Standards are rising. All groups of pupils make good progress from their starting points. Early years provision is good. Children thrive in the early years. Their achievement is good and sometimes outstanding from their different starting points. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Progress is not always as rapid as it should be, particularly in writing. Some teachers do not always provide work that is demanding enough, particularly for the most able pupils. Teachers’ marking is not always effective in helping pupils improve their work. Pupils do not always have enough opportunities to develop their writing and mathematical skills in other subjects and when working in outdoor areas. It is not always clear how the effectiveness of actions planned by middle leaders will be measured.