Eccleston Primary School


Name Eccleston Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 April 2014
Address Doctor’s Lane, Eccleston, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 5RA
Phone Number 01257451114
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 194 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.9
Percentage Free School Meals 5.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.5%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage and all speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils supported by pupil premium funding is below average. Pupil premium funding is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children of service families and those looked after by the local authority. The proportions of pupils supported through school action, school action plus or who have a statement of their special educational needs are all below the national average. The school met the governments’ current floor standards in 2013. These are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school offers breakfast and after-school clubs. Since the previous inspection, one new member of staff has joined the senior leadership team and the increase in numbers on the school roll means all pupils are now taught in single-age classes.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils say this is a happy school where ‘People respect each other’. This is one reason why attendance is above average. Achievement is good. Pupils make good progress and by the time they leave at the end of Year 6, the standards they reach are above average in reading and writing, and in English punctuation, grammar and spelling, and average in mathematics. Disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and those supported through the pupil premium receive well organised additional help. Consequently, they progress as well as their classmates. Good teaching provides interesting lessons that pupils enjoy, so they work hard and progress well. The proportion of outstanding teaching is increasing and pupil progress is accelerating. Behaviour is good and pupils are always polite, friendly and helpful. All parents who responded online in Parent View said their children feel safe at school. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength, promoted effectively through the good curriculum and very varied range of additional experiences and activities. Leaders, staff and governors work as a strong team, united in their vision to make the school even better for all pupils. The quality of teaching is checked regularly and staff skills continually improve through further training and other opportunities. Data on how well each pupil is progressing is carefully analysed. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of teaching does not result in outstanding pupil achievement. Pupils are not always expected to respond to marking comments and so mistakes recur. Checks on the quality of teaching in mathematics do not focus well on the school’s actions for improvement. Progress in mathematics lags behind that of reading and writing.