Calder Vale St John Church of England Primary School

About Calder Vale St John Church of England Primary School Browse Features

Calder Vale St John Church of England Primary School


Name Calder Vale St John Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.caldervale.lancsngfl.ac.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 January 2012
Address Calder Vale, Garstang, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 1SR
Phone Number 01995603016
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 8.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This is a well-below-average-sized primary school. Pupils are taught in two mixed- age classes. One contains children in the Reception Year and pupils in Years 1 and 2; the other pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Almost all pupils are White British. An average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and those with disabilities is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Key Stage 2. The headteacher was appointed in September 2009. At this time the school entered into a collaboration with a neighbouring small village primary school. The headteacher leads and manages both schools, dividing her time equally between each. Calder Vale St John Church of England Primary School retains its own governing body. At the same time as this inspection the Church of England Diocese of Blackburn carried out an inspection of the religious character of the school. This report is available separately. 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. Since the last inspection pupils’ progress has accelerated and teaching and learning have improved. A very successful collaborative arrangement with a neighbouring school has helped to secure the leadership of a talented and experienced headteacher, enriched the curriculum, given pupils greater opportunities to develop their personal and social skills and allowed staff to share their expertise. Children in the Reception Year settle quickly into the school and make good progress from their individual starting points. This good progress continues as they move through Key Stages 1 and 2. Although standards in national tests and assessments vary widely from year to year, typically pupils reach at least average attainment when they leave Year 6. All pupils, including those with special educational needs and those who have disabilities, achieve well because they are well taught and well supported by teachers and teaching assistants. In this very inclusive school staff know their pupils well and work is usually closely matched to their needs. In a few lessons, the pace of learning is slower when the lesson objective is not absolutely clear and pupils’ targets are not specific enough. Pupils behave well in school and their attendance is high. The vast majority of parents and carers say how safe their children feel in school and how much they enjoy learning. Members of the governing body, the headteacher and all staff have a shared and firm focus on improving the school further. School self-evaluation is accurate. For example, staff have rightly identified that some boys are making slower progress in writing and, although they recognise there is more to be done, have already put in place some successful strategies to remedy this relative weakness.