|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|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||460 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.1|
|Academy Sponsor||Leodis Academies Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.8%|
|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.