Half Acres Primary Academy

Name Half Acres Primary Academy
Website http://www.halfacres.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 November 2010
Address Temple Street, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 5RE
Phone Number 01977802325
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 308 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Academy Sponsor Inspire Partnership Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Wakefield
Percentage Free School Meals 16.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about the school

This is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is average. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. The vast majority of pupils are White British. The school has achieved Healthy School’s Status, Artsmark Silver and Basic Skills Quality Mark. The school is led by an interim headteacher who was appointed to the school after the last inspection.

Main findings

This is a good school. Parents, carers and pupils are proud of their school and appreciative of the work of all staff. ’Everyone works hard to ensure the environment is a fun, exciting, interesting and a safe place to learn.’ typifies the views of the majority of parents and carers. The headteacher and her leadership team are ambitious for the pupils to succeed and are sharply focused on school improvement. The school’s self-evaluation is accurate. The procedures to evaluate the quality of the school’s work are robust overall, although occasionally the monitoring of lessons focuses too much on the quality of teaching rather than the pupils’ learning. The governing body is well informed and provides challenge and support to the leadership team. Pupils’ achievement, personal development and the quality of provision and leadership are good and, as a result, the school is well placed to continue to improve. Pupils of all abilities make good progress because lessons are engaging and largely matched well to individual needs. Attainment at the end of Year 6 is average overall. Standards in science are above average although in mathematics they are relatively lower than those for other subjects, especially for the more able. Pupils enjoy school and behave well. They take pride in their work and present it well, which is a significant improvement since the last inspection. Pupils feel safe and valued. All groups of pupils take advantage of the many opportunities for physical activities and their understanding of healthy lifestyles is good. Pupils make an outstanding contribution to school life and the wider community through the work of the school council, peer supporters and a very wide range of other responsibilities. The overall quality of teaching is good. Teachers and teaching assistants make good use of role play, quizzes and information and communication technology (ICT) to motivate and inform. Very occasionally, however, teachers do not match work closely enough to pupils needs and the pace of the lesson is too slow. Teachers make good use of overarching themes, such as ’Black History Week’, and of a wide range of visits, including several residential ones, and visitors to make work meaningful and fun. The pupils’ learning is further enriched by good opportunities to participate in modern foreign languages, sporting and musical events. The pupils contribute to the planning of the curriculum through the school council and are very aware of the impact it has on their lives, ’School opens you up to adventure and teaches you to be independent.’ is typical of their views.