Jericho Primary School

Name Jericho Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 February 2014
Address Windsor Court, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 6UX
Phone Number 01946514545
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 388 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.4
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 4.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.6%
Persisitent Absence 5.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Only a very small number of pupils is supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families. A well below average proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and a similar proportion speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported through school action is above average whilst the proportion supported at school action plus and with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The headteacher is a National Leader of Education and provides advice on leadership and management to a local school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The perceptive, balanced and highly skilled leadership of the headteacher commands the respect of pupils, parents and staff alike. He has, with full support from all staff, been instrumental in bringing about improvements in teaching and securing pupils’ good achievement at Jericho School. From broadly average starting points, pupils make better than expected progress and achieve significantly above average standards in reading and mathematics when they leave at the end of Year 6. Teaching is good. Well-planned learning opportunities, clear explanations, varied and exciting activities and helpful marking all contribute to the good progress pupils’ make. Good leadership and management by governors and talented senior and middle leaders has ensured that any weaknesses in the school’s work are identified and strategies put in place to tackle them. Consequently the school is well placed to improve further. Pupils’ behaviour and the school’s work to keep them safe and secure are both outstanding. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning, are extremely courteous and friendly and show great respect for each other, staff and visitors. Pupils’ social moral, spiritual and cultural awareness is very well developed in lessons through links with schools overseas, exciting residential visits and a wealth of sporting activities. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Levels of attainment and rates of progress in writing are not as strong as those in reading and mathematics. Not enough teaching is outstanding. Pupils, particularly the most able, are not always fully challenged to achieve their very best.