Chesham Primary School

Name Chesham Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 April 2013
Address Talbot Grove, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 6PH
Phone Number 01617644927
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 319 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.4
Local Authority Bury
Percentage Free School Meals 13.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.8%
Persisitent Absence 5.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Chesham is larger than the average-sized primary school. There is an average proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care, those whose parents are in the armed forces and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is broadly average, as is that of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school has gained a number of national awards, including International Schools Award and the Leading Parent Partnership Award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress and achieve well. As a result, by the end of Year 6 pupils attain above average standards in English and mathematics. Teaching is usually good and some is outstanding. Teachers have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour and of what they can achieve. Classroom management is good and lessons run smoothly. Staff show high levels of respect and courtesy for pupils and others. Pupils behave in an exemplary manner. They are very polite, courteous and extremely respectful of others. Pupils say they feel very safe in school at all times. They have an excellent understanding of how to keep themselves and others safe. Pupils show a great deal of enjoyment in coming to school and their attendance is above average. The headteacher leads by example and is ambitious for the school. Leaders and governors have worked successfully to maintain and build upon the school’s good performance at the previous inspection. There are good procedures for assessing how well the school is doing and for identifying what needs to be done to bring about further improvement. The role of the governing body has been improved since the previous inspection and governors now effectively hold leaders to account for the school’s performance. The curriculum provides well-organised and effective opportunities for learning for all pupils. The school’s ability to carry on making improvements is good. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Very occasionally, teachers set work that is not matched well enough to the capabilities of pupils. There are not always enough opportunities for pupils to work things out for themselves. The targets that leaders set for school improvement are not always sharp enough to enable their impact on pupils’ achievement to be precisely measured.