Greystoke School

Name Greystoke School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 May 2012
Address Icold Road, Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0TP
Phone Number 01768483572
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 30 (40% boys 60% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.3
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 10%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This is a smaller than average primary school. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion known to be eligible for free school meals is half the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus is average and that of those who have a statement of special educational needs is lower than average. The headteacher has a substantial teaching commitment in addition to senior management responsibilities. Pupils are taught in two mixed-age classes. One class has children in the Reception Year and pupils in Years 1 and 2. The other class comprises Years 3, 4, 5, and 6. Since the previous inspection, the school has gained Artsmark Gold, Healthy Schools status and silver Eco-award. The school meets the current floor standards, which set the government’s minimum expectations for attainment and progress. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is a good school. Good leadership and management have brought about improvements in provision which have led to pupils’ good achievement. This is not yet an outstanding school because the quality of teaching is no better than good overall, thus leading to too few Year 2 and Year 6 pupils attaining the higher levels for their ages in mathematics. Pupils, parents and carers are very positive about the school. Children make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage and pupils’ overall attainment is above average by the end of Year 6, and well above average in English. Occasionally, pupils show a lack of ability and confidence in applying their mental mathematics skills when working on number sentences and problem solving. The quality of teaching is good. Most lessons are well planned, have good pace and teachers and the teaching assistants use a range of activities to meet individual pupils’ needs both in school and outdoors. This, together with effective assessment and marking, ensures pupils are highly engaged in their learning. Occasionally, there is lack of challenge to ensure pupils reach the higher levels in mathematics. Pupils behave exceptionally well in lessons and around the school and have very positive attitudes to learning. They have exceptionally high levels of respect for each other and for staff and visitors to the school. Those who join the school other than at the usual times are quickly made to feel part of an extremely strong school community. Leaders and managers, including the governing body, have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for development. The theme- and topic-based curriculum engages the learners but there are missed opportunities for pupils to apply their numeracy skills to real-life situations. Performance management is used well to improve the quality of teaching and to enhance pupils’ achievement.