|Name||Herringthorpe Infant School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||15 January 2014|
|Address||Chatterton Drive, Herringthorpe, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S65 2JW|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Percentage Free School Meals||16.3%|
Information about this school
This is a larger than average-sized infant school. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium fund is average. The pupil premium is additional government funding provided for children in local authority care, those from service families, and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average. The school has gained the Warwick University Award for Enterprise (Platinum). The headteacher is a local leader in education (LLE) and supports improvement in a number of other local schools.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. At the heart of this improving school is a shared determination to make sure that each pupil receives the best possible start to their school life. All pupils make the progress expected of them and the majority do much better than this. As a result, attainment is typically above average by the time pupils leave Year 2. One reason why pupils learn exceptionally well is that so much of the teaching is outstanding. Pupils benefit from a wide range of engaging activities, which fire their imaginations. Expectations of what can be achieved in lessons are very high. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and the way in which they approach their learning is impressive. They work very hard, press on when it is difficult, and take pride in their achievements. They encourage one another to do their very best. Attendance has risen since the time of the last inspection. However, despite on-going improvements, school leaders are aware that attendance is not yet as high as they would like. They have clear plans in place to help make sure attendance improves still further. The headteacher has a very accurate view of how successful the school is becoming and plans in meticulous detail for further improvements. Staff training is given a high priority and teachers are always eager to find ways to improve their practice. Governors have considerable expertise and a keen insight, providing a great deal of support. They are knowledgeable about what is going well and what can be improved further. This enables them to ask searching questions of leaders to make sure the school is doing as well as it can. This is a very safe and caring school where all are valued and respect for one another is high.