Helmshore Primary School


Name Helmshore Primary School
Website http://www.helmshoreprimaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 13 March 2012
Address Gregory Fold, Helmshore, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 4JW
Phone Number 01706213756
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 414 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.4
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 3.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.7%
Persisitent Absence 2.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Helmshore is an above average-sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. There are no pupils at an early stage of learning to speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The percentage of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is similar to that seen nationally. The school has achieved a number of awards including the Healthy School status. The school meets the current floor standard. There is on-site before- and after-school provision for pupils which is not managed by the school. This provision is subject to a separate Ofsted inspection. 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 an outstanding school. Comments such as, ‘Helmshore is a truly magnificent school.’ confirm parents’ and carers’ very positive views of the school. The school exceeds national targets because pupils, staff and leaders, with the strong support of parents and carers, have high expectations and a relentless focus on wanting to do even better. This stems from the highly effective leadership of the headteacher and the leadership team. Pupils make rapid progress and achievement is outstanding. From a starting point expected for their age children get off to an exceptionally good start and achieve outstandingly well in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This excellent start is built on effectively, resulting in pupils’ attainment being above average in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The leadership and management of teaching is first class resulting in the overall quality of teaching being outstanding. Lessons move at a very fast pace and teachers are highly effective in ensuring that pupils know exactly what they need to do and how to do it. Behaviour is outstanding. Incidents of bullying or racial harassment are few and far between, and dealt with exceedingly well. Pupils have a very good understanding of how to keep themselves safe in various situations, including when using the internet. Leadership and management are outstanding. The management of performance is highly effective with a very precise focus on meeting pupils’ individual needs. This is a key element of the school’s success. Teaching is closely monitored leading to effective targeting of staff training. The good curriculum has some outstanding features. However, while very good attention is given to ensuring pupils use and develop their reading, writing and mathematical skills opportunities are sometimes missed in lessons for pupils to apply their good information and communication technology (ICT) skills in other subjects.