Hapton Church of England/Methodist Primary School


Name Hapton Church of England/Methodist Primary School
Website http://www.hapton.lancs.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 November 2013
Address Manchester Road, Hapton, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 5RF
Phone Number 01282771657
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England/Methodist
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 129 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.7
Percentage Free School Meals 11.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.3%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than most other primary schools; pupil numbers are rising and the school is currently oversubscribed. Most pupils are White British, with a small proportion from a range of other heritages and backgrounds. Currently, all of the pupils in school speak English as their home language. Pupils are taught in four mixed-age classes. 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 above average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium funding is similar to that found in most schools. This additional government funding is provided for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. There have been a number of changes in staffing since the school’s last inspection. An extensive programme of premises improvement and refurbishment was carried out during the last school year.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well. They make good and often excellent progress, sometimes from low starting points. Standards are rising rapidly with the majority of pupils reaching nationally expected levels in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The proportion of pupils in every year group who are working above the expected levels for their age is increasing rapidly in all three subject areas. Pupils who have special educational needs and those who are known to be eligible for free school meals and pupil premium funding all achieve well because teaching is carefully matched to their individual needs. Teaching is consistently good, with some outstanding elements. As a result, pupils thoroughly enjoy their lessons and their achievement continues to improve. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They feel extremely safe and secure and enjoy trusting relationships with the adults in school. Their attitudes to learning are exceptionally positive. All of this is enabling them to learn and progress successfully. The last inspection identified the start of an improvement trend and the school has continued to flourish under the astute and skilful leadership of its headteacher. Over a relatively short period, effective action by leaders has brought about significant improvements in teaching and in pupils’ achievement. A united staff team and well-informed governors all share the headteacher’s firm resolve to achieve the best possible outcomes for all pupils. Parents expressed great appreciation of the school’s work and their children’s achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not yet enough outstanding teaching to move the school to the next level. The school improvement plan does not set out clearly the school’s targets for improving pupils’ achievement.