Joseph Locke Primary School

Name Joseph Locke Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 March 2015
Address Shaw Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 6JL
Phone Number 01226729910
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 464 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.7
Local Authority Barnsley
Percentage Free School Meals 31%
Percentage English is Not First Language 31.7%
Persisitent Absence 9.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 24.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is larger than the average-sized primary school. A significant proportion of pupils are from White backgrounds other than British. An increasing proportion, currently about 20%, speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who are supported by pupil-premium funding is double the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding the school receives for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The school’s progress is monitored by the local authority. A Teaching Schools Alliance began to provide LLE support at the beginning of the school year. This arrangement was made by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6. The school hosts funded provision for pupils who are hearing or visually impaired. Provision for children in the early years is part time in Nursery and full time in Reception Years. The school provides a breakfast club during term time. The acting headteacher, formerly the deputy headteacher, has led the school since September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Strong and effective leadership at all levels, including governance of the school, drives rapid improvement. The acting headteacher’s leadership has had a very positive impact on teaching quality. Pupils’ progress has speeded up and standards are rising as a result. Good leadership of the early years ensures a good start to all children’s learning in Nursery and Reception classes. There is high quality provision for those pupils who are visually or hearing impaired. They make excellent progress. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are consistently good. Pupils respect adults and are very mindful and tolerant of one another. Pupils feel very safe in school. The quality of teaching is good. Some teaching is outstanding. Staff have responded very well to new opportunities to develop and improve their skills. Pupils say, ‘We learn something new every day.’ Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well. Parents’ views of the school are very positive. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards in writing and mathematics are not high enough. There are some inconsistencies in the levels of challenge for some pupils. In some instances assessment of pupils’ learning during lessons is not used effectively. Not all teachers’ marking picks up common errors well enough or helps pupils to improve quickly. Some pupils do not present their work tidily enough. Pupils’ attendance is below average and a small proportion of pupils are persistently late for school.