Ickworth Park Primary School


Name Ickworth Park Primary School
Website http://www.ickworthpark.suffolk.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 November 2010
Address Meadow Drive, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5SB
Phone Number 01284735337
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 215 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.7
Percentage Free School Meals 3.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.6%

Information about the school

This is a smaller-than-average primary school. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. None of the pupils speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of the pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, including those with statements of their special educational needs, is average. The school has recently gained Healthy Schools status. The governing body manages care facilities for a very small number of pupils after school, and a private organisation runs pre-school care on the school site. This is inspected separately. The headteacher was appointed in April 2009.

Main findings

This is a good school held in high regard by the local community. Comments from parents and carers such as ’wonderful caring staff’ and ’warm family atmosphere’ are commonplace. They show their appreciation of the high quality of the care, guidance and support provided for their children. Parents and carers value the consistently good teaching that accounts for the good progress made by all groups of pupils. Pupils’ achievements are outstanding. Their attainment in all subjects by Year 2 and Year 4 is high, and this has been the case for five years. Pupils say how much they enjoy school, and attendance rates are above average. Pupils have an outstanding awareness of how to stay safe, and speak very knowledgeably about the hazards of smoking, misuse of drugs and unsupervised use of the internet. Their thorough knowledge of how to live healthy lives is illustrated by the way they choose the nutritious options at lunchtime and monitor the contents of each other’s lunchboxes. The excellent school allotment reinforces this awareness, and pupils gain much from growing, eating and selling their produce. The school council representatives, together with members of the eco and healthy schools committees, ensure that pupils make an outstanding contribution to their community and develop as responsible citizens. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good overall, but their awareness of other faiths and cultures is patchy. Pupils rightly believe that the teaching is good. They appreciate the way that their teachers make learning enjoyable and, as one said, ’They give you really good help when you find things difficult.’ Teachers explain new work clearly, and use assessment well to provide tasks that challenge pupils of all ability. They have developed a good curriculum that has a strong focus on basic literacy and numeracy skills while providing many opportunities for pupils to hone their creative talents. Music is a particular strength, and pupils achieve very well when learning to play instruments such as the cello, viola and guitar. There is a very good range of popular clubs at lunchtime and after school to enhance the curriculum. The headteacher has helped create a very good sense of teamwork among staff and pupils that makes this a happy and successful school. The role of middle managers has been strengthened this year, and they provide staff with detailed analyses of pupils’ progress. Not all subject leaders, however, evaluate teaching in their area of responsibility with the rigour necessary to accelerate pupils’ progress further. The school has done well since the last inspection, and made significant improvements to the provision for information and communication technology and the impact of the governing body in driving school improvement. It is well placed to sustain this improvement. Self-evaluation systems are accurate and thorough, with all staff well aware of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. The improvement plan is comprehensive, and targets are both challenging and realistic. There is a good track record of rectifying weaknesses, with recent improvements in mathematics testament to the capacity of the school to raise standards.