Audley Infant School

Name Audley Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 September 2014
Address Queen’s Park Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 1SE
Phone Number 0125452065
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Blackburn with Darwen
Percentage Free School Meals 15.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 22.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is larger in size than most primary schools. The proportion of pupils who are disabled or have special educational needs and are supported at school action is similar to the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above that usually found and increasing year on year. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium (additional funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority) is slightly below average. The vast majority of pupils are from minority ethnic groups and speak English as an additional language. There are 18 languages other than English spoken by pupils at the school. There is an increasingly transient school population with a higher number of pupils joining and leaving the school at times other than the expected. Since the previous inspection a Nursery class has been added to the school and children start school both in the Nursery and Reception classes. A new headteacher and deputy headteacher have been appointed since the last inspection. A building project has recently been completed and another just about to start.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. From their individual starting points, which are significantly lower than typically found, pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching is good overall. Teachers and teaching assistants work well together to provide a good level of support to pupils with any additional needs. Pupils are polite and well behaved in lessons, around school and at playtimes. Pupils settle quickly to their work and enjoy their learning. Pupils feel safe and are kept safe by adults who care for them. The headteacher is effectively supported by the deputy headteacher and has the full confidence of staff and governors. Together they are a strong team who share the ambition to provide the best for every pupil. Attendance has improved and is now near to national average. School leaders including governors have maintained pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching through a period of significant turbulence. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching across the school. Teachers do not always use all of the assessment information available to help them to plan activities that challenge pupils effectively and help them to learn as much as possible. Teachers do not always check that pupils complete their corrections so that they are able to learn from their mistakes. There remains a small group of pupils who miss school regularly.