|Name||Crowmoor Primary School and Nursery|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||31 January 2013|
|Address||Crowmere Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 5JJ|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||237 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.1|
|Percentage Free School Meals||23.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.7%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||8.9%|
|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 average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have 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 are broadly average. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium (additional government funding) is well above the national average. Central Shropshire East Children’s Centre uses part of the school premises. The children’s centre is inspected separately. The Early Years Foundation Stage comprises a Nursery, where most children attend part-time, and a Reception class. Pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 are taught in two mixed-age classes. The remaining three classes cater for pupils from a single-age group. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress for pupils at the end of Year 6. Apart from school visits, all pupils are taught on-site. The school does not use alternative off-site provision to educate any of its pupils. A number of new staff, including the deputy headteacher, have joined the school since the last inspection.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Under the drive of the headteacher, the school has improved since its last inspection. The quality of teaching is good and pupils make good progress in most classes. The teaching is particularly good in Year 6 and in Years 2 and 3. Standards at the end of Year 6 have risen over the last two years. The school has good procedures for helping teachers to improve their teaching. Pupils and parents are pleased with the school and the support provided by staff. Teachers and teaching assistants are highly skilful at managing pupils’ behaviour. The school is highly successful at helping pupils and improving pupils’ behaviour. By the time they leave the school, pupils have very positive attitudes to learning. Pupils feel safe in school. The school contributes well to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Attendance is above average. Good partnerships with other organisations and schools improve the quality of education. Governors are fully involved in the life of the school and hold the headteacher accountable for the school’s performance and continued improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards in English have been well below average at the end of Year 2, although they are now improving rapidly. Progress in writing, particularly for boys, is not as strong as in reading and mathematics. Teachers do not make enough use of opportunities to develop writing skills in subjects other than English. A small amount of teaching still requires improvement. Marking is not always used in the most effective way to improve pupils’ learning. Some teachers do not make full use of information about pupils’ progress to raise standards even further.