|Name||Ellel St John the Evangelist Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||24 January 2013|
|Address||Chapel Street, Galgate, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 0JS|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||201 (57% boys 43% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||24.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||9%|
Information about this school
Ellel St John the Evangelist Church of England school is a smaller than average size primary school. A large majority of the pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average (the pupil premium provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families). The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. The school has a Breakfast Club and after school Kids Club, which is run by a voluntary management committee. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is excellent. They are eager to learn and work with each other very well. This helps them make good progress. Pupils are happy, well cared for and care for each other. They find their learning fun and are very proud of their school and the wide range of opportunities it provides for them. Parents are very positive about the school. They are confident that their children are kept safe and secure and regard the pastoral care of the pupils as one of its strengths. The school curriculum provides pupils with a rich and varied learning experience, which makes them enthusiastic about their learning. As a result, they make good progress. Teaching is good and improving. School leaders focus relentlessly on improving what goes on in the classroom and how it can be made better and this contributes strongly to the school’s continuing improvement. Standards are above average at the end of Year 6. The number of pupils making more than the expected progress is much higher than the national average. School leaders check regularly and thoroughly on the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress. This is highly effective in deciding on the needs of the individual pupils and of the whole school. Governors are highly committed to the school. They are well informed and hold the school leaders and staff robustly to account for what they do. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching, although good overall, is not yet enabling the pupils to make outstanding progress. It does not always set the right level of challenge for all pupils to enable them to achieve their very best. Achievement at Key Stage 1 is not as strong and pupils do not make as rapid progress as they do in the other key stages. Marking of pupils’ work is not consistent enough. It does not always tell the pupils what they have to do to improve their work or give them time to check and improve it.