Blacko Primary School

Name Blacko Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 January 2012
Address Blacko Primary School, Gisburn Road, Blacko, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 6LS
Phone Number 01282616669
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 103 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.6
Academy Sponsor The Pennine Trust
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 4.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Blacko is less than half the size of an average primary school. It serves a settled, rural village community to the north of Nelson, plus a minority of families who live in the wider surrounding area. The overwhelming majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is low. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly average. Government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress, have been exceeded during the past three years. The school holds the Eco-School Bronze award, the Learning Excellence award and the Healthy School award. A privately run out-of-school club operates on the school site. The setting did not form part of this inspection but a report on its quality can be found on the Ofsted website. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

¦ This is a good school that continues to provide good quality education for its pupils. The provision to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent and their behaviour and safety are now outstanding. Pupils have a mature understanding of risk, are polite, thoughtful and collaborate exceptionally well. Parents and carers are delighted with the school’s provision and they provide it with good levels of support. Pupils describe it as ‘amazing, friendly and fun’. ¦ Children get off to an excellent start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils achieve well throughout Key Stages 1 and 2, generally reaching above average attainment levels. Writing is a significant strength throughout the school. Pupils with special educational needs and pupils with disabilities often achieve exceptionally well. Others, especially those of higher ability, make good progress but a small number are capable of even better. ¦ Teaching is of good or better quality, characterised by interesting activities and good relationships, organisation and pace. In the Reception class, the teaching establishes clear routines and expectations that underpin the enthusiastic, positive attitudes to learning that pupils demonstrate across the school. Teaching assistants provide effective support for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Lessons are carefully planned and pupils’ progress is regularly assessed but there is not enough precision about what different groups are expected to achieve or their next steps for improvement. ¦ Good quality leadership and management have built an effective staff team. The school runs smoothly and provides a highly supportive environment for learning. Members of the governing body are well informed about the school’s strengths and areas for improvement. Partnerships enhance the quality of provision. As yet, development planning and the system for tracking pupils’ progress are not used to best effect to ensure all pupils reach their full potential.