East Ardsley Primary Academy

Name East Ardsley Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
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 20 May 2014
Address Main Street, East Ardsley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF3 2BA
Phone Number 01133862510
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 460 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.1
Academy Sponsor Leodis Academies Trust
Local Authority Leeds
Percentage Free School Meals 8.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.8%
Persisitent Absence 3.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger than average sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are from White British families. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is well below average. The number of pupils supported at school action plus is below average, as is the number of pupils with a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is below average. (The pupil premium is additional government funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children that are looked after by the local authority.) The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. During the last academic year 2012-13 six teachers, two of whom were members of the middle leadership team, left the school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress and achieve well. From broadly average starting points, they reach standards above those seen across the country in reading. Pupils’ progress in reading and writing is accelerating because they are well taught. Teaching is good overall. Teachers plan interesting activities in small steps that build on pupils’ earlier work. This gives pupils confidence and enjoyment in their learning. Behaviour is good and pupils say they feel very safe. Pupils’ attendance and punctuality are good. Since the last inspection there have been significant changes in staffing. The headteacher and leadership team have successfully maintained the overall good quality of teaching and have raised pupils’ standards in reading and writing. Governors provide good support. They keep a watchful eye on pupils’ progress and rigorously hold the school to account. The good curriculum and wide range of clubs and sporting opportunities provide pupils with memorable experiences. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet leading to progress of outstanding quality. Pupils have too few opportunities to solve mathematical problems and to apply their skills in a variety of ways. Achievement in mathematics is not as strong as in reading and writing. Leaders’ records of lesson observations do not focus enough on pupils’ learning and how to improve the quality of teaching. Children make steady, rather than good, progress in the Reception classes because they have too few opportunities to write and count in the classroom and outdoors.