Ellesmere Primary School


Name Ellesmere Primary School
Website http://www.ellesmereprimaryschool.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 May 2016
Address Elson Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9EU
Phone Number 01691622288
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 399 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.7
Academy Sponsor North West Academies Trust Limited
Percentage Free School Meals 7.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.5%

Information about this school

Ellesmere Primary School is an above average-sized primary school. Children in Nursery attend part time and Reception attend full time. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is below average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is below that in most schools. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is below average compared to similar schools nationally. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics for pupils in Year 6. The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about curriculum content and current allocation of pupil premium and sport funding on its website. The headteacher was appointed to the post in April 2015. There have been significant changes in staff in the last school year, with the appointment of seven new members of staff in September 2015.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, well supported by the deputy headteacher and middle leaders, provide very strong leadership. They have established a culture of high expectations within the school which is shared by all staff and pupils. Since the last inspection, leaders have successfully improved the quality of education on offer. Teaching and pupils’ outcomes have improved, particularly in key stage 2. Good teaching ensures that pupils, including those who have special educational needs or disability and disadvantaged pupils, make good progress from their starting points in a wide range of subjects, including English and mathematics. Pupils show a keen interest in learning, feel safe and behave well in lessons and around the school. Governors are now a highly effective force in providing challenge and support to school leaders. They have a wide range of skills that they use effectively to ensure that the school continues to improve. Children in the early years make good progress and develop a love of learning. Teachers plan activities that are well-matched to their interests and needs. The school successfully promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Consequently, pupils have a good understanding of their social responsibilities and helping others less fortunate than themselves. The local authority has provided effective support to the school and this has helped in bringing about improvements in all areas of school life. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Tasks set for pupils in key stage 1 do not always stretch and challenge pupils of all abilities to do their best. Pupils are not always provided with enough opportunities to practise their writing skills in subjects other than English. Insufficient checks are carried out on the school website to ensure that it is up to date and contains all necessary information.