Colne Primet Primary School

Name Colne Primet Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 May 2017
Address Tatton Street, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 8JE
Phone Number 01282864607
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 176 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.4
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 30.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 45.5%
Persisitent Absence 18.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. It has its own breakfast club. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds has increased in recent years and is now well above average, as is the proportion who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is average. The proportion of pupils who join or leave the school other than at the normal times is also well above average. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is well above that found in most schools. The school did not meet the current government floor standards in 2016. These standards set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. There has been a high turnover of staff since the previous inspection. A new headteacher took up post in September 2014. Two new assistant headteachers, one full time and one part time, took up post in September 2016. By October 2016, all teaching staff were new. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school is not the same one in which pupils underperformed in 2016. The pace of change, which is the result of outstanding leadership and management, has been immense. The headteacher’s unwavering determination to improve teaching and learning has brought about phenomenal improvements in a short space of time. All staff share the headteacher’s passion for improvement. They rise to the very high expectations she has of them and they work together superbly well to fulfil them. Teaching and pupils’ progress are now good and standards are rising rapidly. Areas for improvement are quickly spotted and bespoke training for staff ensures that they are tackled immediately. The assistant headteachers ably support staff and all pursue improvement relentlessly, willingly and with enthusiasm. Significant improvement in the early years has brought about good progress and higher standards in this age group too. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They are polite and friendly. They say: ‘Everyone’s happy at this school because we are all kind to each other.’ Pupils say that they feel safe. They know how to keep themselves safe, including online. They understand the importance of respecting others, regardless of background or culture. The many cultures in the school work and play together well. Parents are very satisfied with what the school does for their children and for them. They talk of the school being ‘not a school but a family’. They speak highly of the recent improvements. Assessment systems are thorough, although they are more robust in English and mathematics than in other subjects. The curriculum is planned well to meet all national curriculum requirements.