Hoole St Michael CofE Primary School


Name Hoole St Michael CofE Primary School
Website http://www.hoole.lancs.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 March 2012
Address Liverpool Old Road, Much Hoole, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 5JQ
Phone Number 01772613219
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 116 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.1
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 2.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%

Information about the school

Hoole St Michael is smaller than most primary schools. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The percentage of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, including those with a statement of special educational needs, is below average. There are no pupils who speak English as an additional language and few from minority-ethnic groups. The school has a number of awards including Healthy Schools status and the Anti-Bullying Charter. The school meets the current floor standard. There has been a high level of staff turnover recently and the current headteacher is appointed in an acting capacity. There is on-site childcare provision but this is not managed by the governing body. 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 a good school. Pupils are happy, achieve well and are keen to learn. Highly committed staff value the clear vision and drive of the acting headteacher. Governors provide excellent strategic leadership. Parents and carers are highly supportive and value the caring ethos. The school is not outstanding because teaching is not outstanding and, although progress in mathematics is good overall, too few of the more-able pupils reach higher levels. Pupils make good progress throughout the school and reach above average standards by the time they leave Year 6. Progress in reading and writing is brisk. In Key Stage 2, pupils write lengthy pieces with a sense of audience. Younger pupils use their knowledge of letters and sounds well and thoroughly enjoy reading. Behaviour and safety are good. Pupils are tolerant and courteous. They often show excellent behaviour. Attendance is above average. Pupils feel safe in school and instances of bullying are rare. Good teaching is underpinned by effective classroom organisation. Good assessment informs planning and pupils find lessons interesting. Teachers’ subject knowledge is good and high expectations are particularly seen in the teaching of reading and writing; consequently, pupils’ make good progress overall. Accurate self-evaluation and relentless determination to improve teaching are features of the good leadership and management. Teachers assume leadership tasks eagerly and monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and its impact on learning. Management of performance is effective. There are robust procedures for tracking pupils’ progress and action is taken promptly to arrest any underachievement. Because of this, achievement is rising, particularly in English. Training in assessment practice has improved teaching, and marking is excellent. Governors know the school well and manage performance effectively, keeping a sharp eye on standards to hold the school to account.