Halsnead Primary School

Name Halsnead Primary School
Website http://www.halsnead.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 September 2012
Address Pennywood Drive, Whiston, Prescot, Merseyside, L35 3TX
Phone Number 01514778130
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 378 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Academy Sponsor The Heath Family (North West)
Local Authority Knowsley
Percentage Free School Meals 39.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.6%

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. The percentage of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The governing body manages breakfast and after-school clubs, which were observed during the inspection. 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 It is friendly, inclusive and highly valued within the community. Pupils get off to a good start in their learning in the highly creative Early Years Foundation Stage. At least good progress is made through Key Stages 1 and 2 so that all pupils’ achievement by the end of Year 6 is good overall. Pupils’ behaviour is good and they are keen to learn. Behaviour and safety around the school and in lessons are good. The quality of teaching is good with outstanding practice evident. Teachers and support staff are extremely dedicated and committed to the pupils’ well-being and to promoting success in learning. Leaders, managers and governors provide good management of teaching and the school’s performance. They have ensured that the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement have improved rapidly since the last inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils are not given enough time to review and extend their learning independently. Continuous, rigorous monitoring and evaluation of pupils’ progress, by senior leaders, is required to ensure all pupils make outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils do not have enough opportunities to apply their reading, writing and mathematical skills across all subjects of the curriculum.