Icknield Primary School


Name Icknield Primary School
Website http://www.icknieldprimary.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 31 January 2013
Address Birdsfoot Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU3 2JB
Phone Number 01582534000
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 606 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.4
Percentage Free School Meals 10.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 50.7%

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school, and a large majority of pupils come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. There is specially resourced provision for pupils with special educational needs. This consists of a hearing impaired resource base in the school with 30 places for children aged three to 11 from various parts of the local authority. The proportions of pupils of minority ethnic heritage, those who speak English as an additional language and those at the early stage of learning English are higher than found nationally. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium, additional funding provided by the government, is average. The proportion of pupils on the school’s register of special educational needs at school action is above average as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. Pupils’ needs relate mainly to moderate learning difficulties, behaviour, emotional and social difficulties, speech, language and communication needs, autistic spectrum disorder and physical disability. The highest proportion has hearing impairment, which reflects the hearing impairment unit situated within the school. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The headteacher has been appointed since the previous inspection, a number of teachers have left the school and new teachers have joined, including five newly qualified teachers who were appointed to the school from 1 September 2012. The school does not use any alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Achievement is good. Pupils make good progress from their starting points and a large majority make better than expected progress in English and mathematics. Since the previous inspection, the quality of teaching has improved. Teaching is typically good with some that is outstanding. Teachers create an environment where all pupils are really well cared for and particularly encouraged to give increasingly of their best. There has been a steady rise in pupils’ achievement in reading, writing and mathematics since the last inspection. The resource base is managed well and pupils with hearing impairment make good progress because their needs are well provided for. Behaviour is outstanding in and around the school. In this highly supportive setting, relationships between pupils and adults are excellent. Pupils are happy at school, where they feel safe. Since the last inspection, attendance has improved and is now average. The driving force behind the school’s recent rapid improvement has been the strong leadership of the headteacher. She has been well supported by the deputy headteacher and governors. They are determined to raise pupils’ achievement and improve the quality of their learning further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all teaching is good or outstanding so that pupils make accelerated progress and some tasks are not sufficiently demanding to enable pupils to reach the higher levels in their work. Some leaders and managers have not yet developed a rigorous enough use of data that records pupils’ progress. Feedback to teachers after their teaching has been observed is not always sharp enough to ensure outstanding achievement.