Battyeford CofE (VC) Primary School


Name Battyeford CofE (VC) Primary School
Website http://www.battyefordprimary.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 September 2017
Address Nab Lane, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, WF14 9QH
Phone Number 01924495518
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 471 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.5
Local Authority Kirklees
Percentage Free School Meals 13.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.2%

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school. Children attend the Nursery part time and the reception class full time. Most pupils are White British and speak English as their first language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Parents, quite rightly, have high regard for the headteacher. His clear vision and drive for school improvement are well supported by an enthusiastic leadership team and highly effective governing body. Together they have ensured that the school is now providing a good education for its pupils. Governors have been tenacious in challenging leaders. They have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses in teaching and learning. Teachers value their professional development. They are reflective practitioners, keen to improve and try out new ideas. Leaders frequently monitor the quality of learning across the school. This ensures that teaching is securely good. Pupils at all stages achieve well, particularly in writing and mathematics. Improvements to the teaching of reading are beginning to pay off. Pupils of all ages enjoy reading. Younger pupils read with confidence and older readers are willing to tackle challenging texts. Expectations of what the most able pupils can do are too low. Sometimes the work they are given lacks challenge and they are repeating things they can already do. The pupil premium funding is used effectively to ensure that disadvantaged pupils achieve well. Good-quality teaching supported by additional group work means that they make good progress. Provision to support the pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is effective. These pupils make good progress and are fully included within the school. Expectations of pupils’ behaviour and conduct are consistently high. Pupils behave well and show excellent attitudes to learning. Their good rates of attendance reflect pupils’ positive commitment to their education. The school puts a high priority on pupils’ welfare. Procedures for safeguarding pupils are highly effective. As a result, pupils say that they feel safe and parents agree. The youngest children get off to a flying start in the school’s Nursery; they are confident and enjoy school. Good provision in the Reception classes ensures that children quickly develop basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics and are well prepared for Year 1.