Colne Lord Street School

Name Colne Lord Street School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 July 2014
Address Lord Street, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 9AR
Phone Number 01282865597
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 390 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.1
Academy Sponsor The Pennine Trust
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 31.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.2%
Persisitent Absence 14.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Pupils are taught in 14 classes from the Reception Year to Year 6. Almost all pupils are from White British backgrounds and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority) is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported at school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The headteacher joined the school in September 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress and achieve well throughout the school from their different starting points. Children get a very good start to their learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Teaching is good across the school. Staff know pupils well and usually have high expectations of what they can achieve. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They enjoy coming to school and are keen to learn. They say they are well looked after and feel safe in school. School leaders, including governors, have a clear understanding of how well the school is performing and where it can improve further. They have worked well to improve the quality of teaching and raise pupils’ achievement since the previous inspection. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. Parents are very supportive of the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Expectations of what pupils can achieve are not always high enough, and pupils are not always given work that is hard enough to challenge them to make best possible progress. Staff do not always check that pupils respond to the advice and guidance given in their marking. There are too few opportunities for teachers to observe outstanding teaching in other schools. Middle leaders are not yet fully accountable for the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress in their subject areas.