Earl Spencer Primary School


Name Earl Spencer Primary School
Website http://www.earlspencerprimary.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 November 2015
Address Streatfield Road, Spencer Estate, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN5 7DE
Phone Number 01604751130
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 387 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.2
Percentage Free School Meals 17.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 55.8%

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school which is increasing from one form to two forms of entry. The majority of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds with pupils of Bangladeshi origin comprising the largest group. The proportion of pupils receiving special educational needs support is above average with speech, language and communication difficulties identified as the greatest need. The proportion of pupils with a statement of educational need or with an education health and care plan is below average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is above average. This is additional government funding provided to give extra support to looked after children and those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The school serves an area of high economic deprivation. The school is above the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has a number of before- and after-school clubs including a breakfast club which is managed by the governing body and operates on the school site.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher provides inspirational leadership. He is passionate in his quest to improve the school in every aspect so that pupils are given the best opportunity to succeed. The highly effective senior leadership team shares the headteacher’s vision and ambition for the pupils in the school. Governors support the school’s leaders extremely well. They have improved significantly since the last inspection and now provide a good balance of support and challenge. Teaching throughout the school is good as a result of high-quality training and support. Teachers plan interesting and engaging learning experiences for pupils which they say they enjoy. Pupils achieve well because they make at least good progress from their starting points. Pupils are very well behaved in lessons and around the school. There are exceptionally positive relationships between adults and pupils. Pupils feel extremely safe, and safeguarding systems are accurately followed and meticulous in detail. Disadvantaged pupils, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, and pupils with English as an additional language make good progress. This is because precise analysis identifies accurate teaching and support for them. Parents are warmly welcomed into the school and they appreciate the improvements made since the last inspection. Children in the early years get off to an excellent start. A rich environment and high-quality, skilled staff enable all children to make good progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : More-able and White British pupils do not always achieve as well as they could because they are not always provided with the right level of challenge. Pupils are not provided with sufficient opportunities to widen their reading experience. Pupils do not always take enough care with their spelling or handwriting. Some pupils do not form their letters and numbers accurately or carefully enough. This spoils the quality of their work and can lead to inaccurate calculations.