Keresforth Primary School

Name Keresforth Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 November 2012
Address Keresforth Road, Dodworth, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 3NU
Phone Number 01226284147
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 256 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Local Authority Barnsley
Percentage Free School Meals 15.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.5%
Persisitent Absence 8.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is below the national average, but the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding allocated to the school by the government for those who qualify for free school meals, are in the care of the local authority or have parents in the armed forces) is below the national average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Following the last inspection there was a period of instability in staffing, but this is now resolved. The school works in conjunction with an outstanding local school to support its further development and improvement.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Since the arrival of the current headteacher the school has improved rapidly. Children typically start in Nursery with below average levels of skills and knowledge. When pupils leave they have made progress better than that found nationally and achievement is good. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are monitored carefully. Through effective support they make good, and sometimes outstanding, progress. Most teachers have high expectations of their pupils. They have a clear view of individuals’ progress and record this carefully to get the best from them. Behaviour is good and, as a result, little learning time is lost. Children feel safe and enjoy school. A period of instability in staffing has ended and everyone now shares a common ideal of creating a top quality school where pupils can do their very best. Teachers are given good support to develop their skills and effectiveness. Governors play an active role in supporting school improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough pupils reach the higher grades in English and mathematics. Teaching is not yet all of good or outstanding quality. The senior leadership team is still developing. Not all members have clear job descriptions or areas of responsibility.