Colne Christ Church Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School


Name Colne Christ Church Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
Website http://www.colnechristchurch.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 February 2013
Address Bent Lane, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 7AA
Phone Number 01282865398
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 187 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.0
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 9.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

Christ Church is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority and for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported through school action and the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The majority of pupils are White British. The school has a number of awards, including Healthy Schools Status. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. This is a very happy and caring school. Pupils thrive within a calm and purposeful learning environment. Achievement has improved since the last inspection. Pupils throughout the school make good progress in reading and mathematics, progress in writing is outstanding. Standards have risen at the end of both Key Stages 1 and 2 being above average. Teaching is good and some is outstanding. Teachers know the pupils well. They praise and encourage them, make lessons interesting and fun, and pupils are eager to learn. Pupils are proud of their school, behaviour is exemplary and they feel safe. They respect one another and are keen to help and take responsibility The curriculum is well organised. As well as a clear focus on developing pupils’ basic skills, it provides a range of rich experiences, which contribute to pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The headteacher provides strong leadership. His drive and determination have led to better teaching and improvements in pupils’ achievement over the past two years. The school is well placed to improve further. Governors are very supportive. They ask challenging questions because they believe that nothing but the best is good enough for the pupils. The governing body has, therefore, helped the school to improve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a small number of lessons the tasks set for the pupils are not always precisely matched to their ability, particularly for the more able. There is too little time for pupils to be independent and explore learning for themselves. Pupils need more opportunities to use information and communication technology (ICT) in applying their basic reading and mathematical skills across the curriculum.