All Saints Academy Darfield

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All Saints Academy Darfield


Name All Saints Academy Darfield
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 December 2018
Address School Street, Darfield, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S73 9EU
Phone Number 01226752293
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 216 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Academy Sponsor St Mary's Academy Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 21.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.3%

Information about this school

In this smaller-than-average-sized primary school, the large majority of pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language, although a few pupils join the school at very early stages of learning English. An above-average proportion of pupils are supported by the pupil premium. The proportion of pupils with SEND is average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Under the headteacher’s leadership, and supported by trustees, the staff team has worked successfully to create a welcoming and happy school. Outcomes are good. From starting points that are below typical, pupils make good progress. Pupils’ attainment and progress in writing are a particular strength and this, along with sound mathematics skills, ensures that pupils are well prepared for their next stage of education. Although improving, pupils’ progress and attainment in reading are inconsistent because : some of the school’s chosen polices for the teaching of reading are not implemented consistently. On some occasions pupils who are not making as much progress in reading as they could be are not identified early enough to help them to improve. Improvements in mathematics have helped pupils to improve their confidence. Consequently, pupils say they particularly like problem-solving. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good but there is a little variability. The teaching of writing is a strength, particularly in upper key stage 2, where pupils are given effective guidance that helps them to improve their writing. The most effective teaching challenges pupils of all abilities and captures their interest. Safeguarding is effective because of a strong culture of care. Staff work well to support families and any vulnerable pupils. This has helped to improve attendance and punctuality. Pupils say that they feel safe and well cared for. Pupils’ personal development and behaviour are good. Pupils present as happy and say fall-outs and disagreements are rare and pupils are confident that staff will deal with any concerns. The exciting curriculum offers pupils many opportunities to develop a range of subject-specific skills well. Trips, residential visits and sporting activities engage pupils’ interest. Although there are some strengths in the provision within the early years, children do not make enough progress in their early reading and writing skills. As a consequence, they are not well prepared for their move into Year 1. Middle leaders are keen to make a difference but their skills at judging and influencing the work of others are underdeveloped. Self-evaluation and improvement planning are sound. However, the arrangements for checking on improvements to teaching and learning are not precise.




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