Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School


Name Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School
Website http://www.kingsthorpegrove.northants.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 June 2014
Address St Davids Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN2 7QL
Phone Number 01604714674
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 479 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.6
Percentage Free School Meals 16.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 30.9%

Information about this school

This school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. At its last inspection, in November 2012, the school was taken out of special measures and judged as requiring improvement. The large majority of the pupils come from White heritage backgrounds; most speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is average. A few pupils come from other heritage backgrounds, mainly from Black or Black British backgrounds, mixed heritage groups or Asian or Asian British heritage; a very few come from other ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who join the school in the Early Years Foundation Stage and continue their education at the school until they leave at the end of Year 6, is below average. Due to family mobility in the area, higher than average numbers of pupils start at, or leave, the school at various times during any school year. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium (additional government funding for particular groups, including, in this school, those known to be eligible for free school meals) is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs supported at school action is well below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school has a specially resourced provision (The Owlets) for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder. There are two ‘sensory’ classes and two for higher functioning pupils. This designated special provision (DSP) caters for up to 28 pupils aged between 4 and 11 years; all such pupils have a statement of special educational need. The school has an increasing proportion of pupils who join the school from abroad who do not have data on their prior attainment from British schools. The school works in partnership with the Kingsthorpe Children’s Centre (URN 21690), which is on the same site as the school. Childcare provision for the school’s pupils is also available on the site through the privately run ‘Oscar’s Out of School Club’. Both of these facilities are inspected separately by Ofsted. The school works in partnership with a group of five other local schools, known as the Northampton Town Learning Partnership (NTLP). The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for the attainment and progress of pupils by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Given their individual starting points when they join the school, pupils are making increasingly good progress in their learning and development. Pupils’ achievement in the main part of the school is improving securely because teaching is consistently good and fosters their good attitudes to learning. The gap in attainment between pupils supported by additional government funding through the pupil premium and their classmates is narrowing rapidly. The school’s effective support for pupils’ personal development encourages good behaviour and helps pupils understand how to stay safe. Leadership at all levels is good, from subject and key stage leaders to the senior leadership team and the governing body. The school’s effectiveness, pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching have all improved since the previous inspection. The school’s self-evaluation has focused well and successfully on how to improve. There is a robust system for the monitoring and tracking of pupils’ progress. The work of the specially resourced provision for autistic pupils supports these pupils very well, particularly in their personal development and preparation for their future lives and education. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although there have been significant improvements in the quality of teaching, it is not yet consistently strong enough to ensure that most pupils, including the more able, make more rapid progress. The school’s new policy of demanding the only very best standards of presentation in pupils’ work has yet to have full impact. Teachers’ marking, although effective in improving pupils’ progress overall, does not always enable pupils to understand clearly enough what they need to improve. Teachers do not always insist that pupils act on their marking, so that they avoid similar mistakes in future.