Houghton CofE School

Name Houghton CofE School
Website http://www.houghtonschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 November 2012
Address Jackson Road, Houghton, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 0PA
Phone Number 01228593992
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 185 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.8
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 4.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.1%
Persisitent Absence 23.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds but a sizeable minority (about one quarter of the school roll) are from Gypsy/Roma and Traveller backgrounds. Staff have identified a smaller than average proportion of pupils who are supported through school action. A higher than average proportion of pupils have a statement of special educational needs or are suported at school action plus. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is smaller than average. The government provides extra funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, who are looked after by the local authority or are children of families in the services. The school exceeds 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. Pupils of all backgrounds thrive in this happy school. They are well cared for and grow in confidence. Pupils make good progress and achieve well. They are now making more progress than they were at the time of the last inspection, especially in reading. Teaching is good and some is outstanding. Pupils become engrossed in learning and find lessons fun. Pupils behave very well and try their best in all things. They are respectful, well mannered and enjoy helping each other. The headteacher provides good leadership and expects the very best from pupils and staff. Good teamwork prevails and everyone is clear how the school can improve further. Areas needing improvement at the last inspection have been attended to. Teaching is better. This is because leaders and governors check on the quality of teaching and tackle improvement firmly. There are good links with parents. They are confident their children are safe and taught well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not outstanding. Although work is set for different pupils it is not always at the right level for each individual. Pupils with prolonged absence from school do not always receive the teaching they need to catch up with their learning. Not enough pupils reach standards higher than expected for their age in writing and some are unsure how to check and improve their work. Marking does not always help pupils to improve their writing.