|Name||Jacksdale Primary and Nursery School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||11 February 2015|
|Address||Main Road, Jacksdale, Selston, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG16 5JU|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||225 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||23.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
Information about this school
In this average-sized primary and nursery school almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who are disabled or have special educational needs is below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is slightly lower than the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority. The early years children are catered for in a part-time Nursery class and a full-time Reception class. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school works closely with the Selston partnership of schools. Since the previous inspection a new deputy headteacher has been appointed, and a newly qualified teacher started at the school in September 2014. Approximately one third of the pupils in Years 3 to 6 join the school in Year 3 from a nearby infant school.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils thrive in the caring environment of this improving school. They become confident and capable learners who are prepared well for the next stage of their education. The headteacher provides good leadership and has the full support of the staff and governors. All have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for development. Through their good management of teachers’ performance, leaders, including governors, have successfully improved the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement since the last inspection. As a result of good teaching across the school, pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics, and standards are rising. Children in the early years achieve well due to good teaching and interesting activities that motivate them and help them to learn effectively. Pupils are extremely polite and well behaved in lessons and around school. They play and work together harmoniously and are proud of their school. Pupils say they feel safe in school, and parents overwhelmingly agree with this view. Classrooms and corridors are colourful and exciting. There are many displays of pupils’ work, and good reminders and examples for pupils to use to help them produce high-quality work. Leaders promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively, preparing them well for life in modern Britain. Since the previous inspection, governance has improved. Governors are very supportive and ask challenging questions to make sure that leaders are improving the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils are not given sufficient opportunities to write at length in different subjects, or to practise their grammar, spelling and punctuation skills. Occasionally the tasks set in lessons do not challenge the most able pupils. Teachers’ marking is not always sufficiently detailed to guide pupils to higher standards. The outdoor area and outside resources for Reception children are dull and uninspiring. They do not promote learning as well as those provided for Nursery children.