All Saints Church of England Primary School

Name All Saints Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 November 2010
Address Maud Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 0EL
Phone Number 01706640728
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 245 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Percentage Free School Meals 18.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 39.6%

Information about the school

The school is smaller than the average size primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, including those with a statement of special educational needs, is below average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well above average and increasing numbers are starting school with English as an additional language. The school has gained a number of national awards, including the Activemark and Eco School Bronze Award, and has achieved Healthy School status.

Main findings

This is a good school. The inspirational leadership of the headteacher has been the driving factor behind the school’s success since the last inspection. Standards have risen, pupils’ progress has accelerated and teaching and learning have improved. Senior leaders provide focused educational direction for the school and are committed to further development. Subject leaders carry out their responsibilities diligently but not all are fully involved in promoting school improvement. The promotion of equality of opportunity is outstanding, with no form of discrimination being tolerated. Action taken to improve attendance has proved successful and it is now average. The school’s latest data shows it is continuing to rise. Leaders and the governing body have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses because self-evaluation is accurate. As a result, planning for improvement is based on good quality information and has been successful in meeting challenging targets. There is good capacity to ensure the school continues to move forward. Pupils make good progress throughout the school and, by the end of Year 6, reach standards that are broadly average in English, mathematics and science. This represents good achievement from their skill levels on starting school, which vary, but are generally well below those expected for their age. Writing is a weaker element of pupils’ performance in English. They have secure basic writing skills but lack creativity in using these to express their ideas across the curriculum. Action taken by leaders has improved pupils’ mathematical calculation and quick mental recall skills. It has not been as successful in developing their proficiency in solving number problems. Leaders rightly acknowledge the need to better develop pupils’ independent thinking skills by providing more opportunities for them to explore ideas for themselves. The school is a welcoming and friendly place in which to learn and is firmly based within a Christian ethos. The curriculum is planned well to build systematically on pupils’ skills and to meet their individual needs. It is enhanced by a wide range of enrichment activities that add further interest to pupils’ learning. Teaching is consistently good and is a key factor in the progress pupils make. Relationships are good and lead to a calm and purposeful atmosphere in all classrooms. Pupils enjoy coming to school, having positive attitudes and being keen to learn. The school places strong emphasis on ensuring pupils’ safety and well-being. Parents and carers greatly appreciate the care taken of their children while in school and on educational visits.