Blackrod Anglican/Methodist Primary School


Name Blackrod Anglican/Methodist Primary School
Website http://www.blackrodchurchschool.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 February 2012
Address Vicarage Road West, Blackrod, Bolton, Lancashire, BL6 5DE
Phone Number 01204333520
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England/Methodist
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 255 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.2
Local Authority Bolton
Percentage Free School Meals 12%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.8%

Information about the school

This is an average-sized primary school in which the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage and none speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. Pupil numbers have grown significantly since the previous inspection partly as a result of the closure of another nearby primary school and partly because of the growing popularity of the school. The school is led and managed by an executive headteacher who also leads and manages another primary school. The school meets the current floor standard. The school has Healthy Schools status. 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. Questionnaires returned by parents and carers are almost unanimous in showing high levels of satisfaction with all aspects of the school’s work. The school is not outstanding because pupils’ achievement is not yet outstanding and teaching is of predominantly good quality with not enough that is outstanding. Children make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage which they join with skills broadly in line with expectations. Good progress is maintained in Key Stages 1 and 2 with the result that attainment is above average by the end of Year 6. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs also make good progress and achieve well because of the effective support they receive. Teaching is good; some is outstanding. Teachers have good subject knowledge. They plan activities that are varied and stimulating. Teaching and the curriculum provide good support for pupils’ independent learning. Pupils enjoy learning as a result. However, there are a few shortcomings. For example, teaching does not always challenge higher-ability pupils rigorously enough, and pupils sometimes do not work quickly enough when they are learning without close supervision. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding both in lessons and around school. Pupils are unfailingly respectful to each other and the adults working with them. They are extremely positive about school. Their enjoyment is evident in their happy and confident demeanour. Consequently, attendance levels are high. Pupils say how very safe they feel in school..Leaders and managers evaluate the effectiveness of the school accurately. They use the outcomes to focus sharply on tackling shortcomings. The governing body is supportive and provides good levels of challenge. Teaching is monitored regularly and accurately. The outcomes are used well to improve the quality of teaching and manage the performance of staff effectively.