Johnson Fold Community Primary School


Name Johnson Fold Community Primary School
Website http://www.johnsonfold.bolton.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 02 February 2016
Address Worston Avenue, Johnson Fold, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 5UG
Phone Number 01204333011
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 259 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.2
Local Authority Bolton
Percentage Free School Meals 44.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage .There is, however, a growing proportion of pupils from other ethnic groups, including those who speak English as an additional language. Two thirds of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium. This is well above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs or disability is well above the national average. High numbers of pupils enter or leave the school at points other than the usual times. The school is in the lowest 20% of schools nationally for stability of its pupil population. Increasing numbers of international new arrivals temporarily attend the school due to short-term accommodation placements in the local community. The proportion of pupils who join or leave the school during the school year is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The early years comprises small-scale provision for two-year-old children, a Nursery that provides part-time sessions and a full-time Reception class.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Pupils thrive in this oasis of learning and care. The inclusive nature of the school and exceptional pastoral support from dedicated staff allow many pupils to overcome significant barriers to learning, attend regularly and become well-rounded members of the community. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education. From the outset, not a moment of time is wasted by teachers in helping pupils to achieve. Excellent teaching supports pupils from all groups to make outstanding progress from their starting points. Consequently, most pupils attain the standards expected for their age in reading, writing and mathematics. Children in the early years make outstanding progress. They develop their linguistic, social and physical skills quickly because of the skilful work of their teachers and teaching assistants. Pupils make excellent progress, particularly in writing. Their progress in mathematics, while strong, is not quite as rapid as in other subjects. Pupils feel safe and know how to keep safe in school, in the community and online because of the support and teaching they receive. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are exemplary. Pupils are proud to be at Johnson Fold and conduct themselves well around the school. They are welcoming and respectful of adults and towards each other. They settle quickly to their lessons, and are eager learners who demonstrate high levels of curiosity. Leaders at all levels, including governors, share a vision of excellence and maintain a relentless focus on improvement. Their record-keeping is meticulous and they rigorously analyse the impact of their work. Governors have a clear understanding of the strengths of the school and the areas they wish to improve further based on their incisive questions and challenge to leaders. The school is highly regarded by parents and the community because of the relationships it has established with parents and other community groups. The breadth of the school’s curriculum and the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities mean that pupils are exceptionally well prepared for life in their community and modern Britain.