|Name||Cronton Church of England Primary Academy|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
|Inspection Date||26 March 2013|
|Address||Smithy Lane, Cronton, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 5DF|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||249 (49% boys 51% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||26.1|
|Academy Sponsor||Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||5.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0.4%|
|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
This is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils who are supported at school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs is well-below average. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives additional funding through the pupil premium is well-below average. (The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children that are looked after.) A small proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic groups. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the last inspection, a new deputy headteacher and senior leaders have been appointed.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Achievement is outstanding and has improved since the last inspection. Senior leaders and governors carefully consider what each individual pupil needs in order for them to be happy and successful. Because of this, standards reached by pupils have been well above average over the last five years. The majority of teaching is outstanding, and teachers have very high expectations of pupils. Teachers use their detailed knowledge of each pupil’s ability to set challenges and make lessons interesting. Pupils are not always given sufficient opportunities in lessons to take the lead in their learning, and in-doing-so find things out for themselves. Behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are very proud of their school and relish the opportunity of taking on responsibilities. Their exemplary behaviour makes an exceptional contribution to a safe and productive learning environment. School governance is very strong. Governors’ knowledge and understanding of the school and how it can improve even further is exemplary. Outstanding leadership, management and governance have ensured that pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching have continually improved since the last inspection. Although teachers are increasingly sharing their outstanding practice across the school, this is still not a consistent practice.