|Name||Cop Lane Church of England Primary School, Penwortham|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||13 March 2013|
|Address||Cop Lane, Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 9AE|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||211 (53% boys 47% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||24.7|
|Percentage Free School Meals||5.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||7.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is slightly smaller than the average sized primary school. The large majority of the pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care and the children of armed services families) is below the national average. In this school this applies only to pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported through school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher is seconded for one day each week as an associate advisor to five schools in the local authority. A private provider offers before- and after-school care for pupils. This provision is subject to a separate inspection and the report can be found at www.ofsted.gov.uk.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Pupils are highly motivated, enthusiastic learners who enjoy everything they do at school, saying ‘Learning is fun’, and, ‘We are very happy with school the way it is’. Achievement is outstanding and pupils’ attainment is well above average in English and mathematics. Pupils, including those with special educational needs and those supported by the pupil premium, consistently make good or better progress. Outstanding teaching, supported by very skilled teaching assistants, provides imaginative, stimulating activities that capture pupils’ interest and inspire them to want to learn more. Parents are very positive. ‘Each child really matters’ was a typical comment. Outstanding behaviour supports learning very well and ensures the school is a calm, harmonious environment. Pupils feel very safe and are unfailingly considerate of their own and each other’s safety and well-being. The wealth of opportunities provided by the rich, creative curriculum promotes learning and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development extremely well. Pupils are very well prepared for future learning. The headteacher’s inspirational leadership is ably supported by the very strong, highly committed team of staff and governors. Working relentlessly, school leaders have successfully driven the school forward and secured improvements on all fronts, since the previous inspection, most especially on raising achievement and the quality of teaching.