Beckermet CofE School

Name Beckermet CofE School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 October 2012
Address Mill Lane, Beckermet, Cumbria, CA21 2YD
Phone Number 01946841221
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 73 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.9
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 5.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 4.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a much smaller than average primary school situated in Beckermet village adjacent to the Sellafield power plant. All pupils are from White British backgrounds. Some come from Beckermet village and many travel from outlying rural locations. Staff have identified a larger than average proportion of pupils who have special educational needs. This group has extra support from the school through ’school action’. A smaller than average proportion have a statement of special educational needs or have extra support because they are identified at ‘school action plus’. The government provides extra funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, who are looked after by the local authority or are children of families in the services through the pupil premium. The proportion of pupils eligible to be supported by the pupil premium is smaller than average. The school exceeds the government’s floor targets which set the minimum standards and rate of progress expected of primary aged pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils thrive in this happy and welcoming school. The supportive atmosphere helps them grow in confidence and feel safe. Pupils make good progress and achieve above average standards by the end of Year 6. Younger pupils in the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes are now making more rapid progress than they have previously and are achieving well. Teaching is mostly good and there is some that is outstanding. Pupils thoroughly enjoy lessons because they are full of interesting activities that extend their learning. Pupils behave very well. They are considerate and polite in shared areas of the school. They always try their best in lessons. The headteacher provides good, purposeful leadership. Her high expectations are shared by staff, who enthusiastically share good ideas and best practice. Good teamwork is driving improvements in teaching and learning. Leaders and governors have fully tackled inadequacies identified at the last inspection. Governors have developed their skills and challenge and support leaders effectively. Parents have full confidence in leaders and teachers. They reported that ‘teachers are always approachable and children are happy to come to school’. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet outstanding in all lessons. Occasionally, work is not set at a high enough level to enable pupils to learn new skills at a rapid pace. Teachers’ explanations, questioning and prompts are not always clear enough. Standards in pupils’ writing at the end of Year 2 have been below average for the last three years and reading declined in 2012. New approaches to marking and the teaching of reading and writing have just been introduced. Leaders have not had time to evaluate what works best.