|Name||Kippax Ash Tree Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
|Inspection Date||30 May 2012|
|Address||Gibson Lane, Kippax, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 7JL|
|Number of Pupils||379 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.3|
|Academy Sponsor||The Brigshaw Learning Partnership|
|Percentage Free School Meals||18.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||12.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the school
This school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is a little above average. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the current floor standards which set the government’s minimum expectations for attainment and progress. Seven of the 16 teachers joined the school in the last two years. The school’s recent awards include Artsmark Gold and Investors in Pupils. Last year, the school gained Foundation Trust status along with six other primary schools and one secondary school. Together they are known as the Brigshaw Cooperative Trust. The school has a partnership with a Leeds special school whereby a number of pupils attend Kippax Ash Tree. They remain on the roll of the special school and the provision for them and their performance were not part of this inspection. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms
This is a good school. It is not yet outstanding because teaching is good rather than outstanding and pupils’ attainment in writing and mathematics is not as strong as that in reading. Pupils make good progress as they move up through the school. By the end of Year 6, their attainment is broadly average. Progress is accelerating and attainment is rising owing to improvements in teaching. Pupils read confidently and with enjoyment. They calculate efficiently but find it hard to use their mathematical skills to solve problems. When writing, pupils in Key Stage 2 often have difficulty with words that cannot be spelled by linking the sounds made by each letter. Teaching is good and in a few lessons it is outstanding. Teachers know pupils very well and ensure that work is matched closely to the needs of all groups. Best use is not always made of the time at the end of lessons, when pupils come together to talk about their work. Sometimes the pace of learning slows when an activity runs on for too long. Behaviour is good and pupils have good attitudes to learning. Pupils welcome newcomers and older pupils take on responsibilities that encourage others to behave well. A few pupils need significant support to control their behaviour but the school manages them very well. There are few recorded instances of bullying. Under the strong leadership of the headteacher, the school is moving forward on all fronts. The successful management of performance, such as the steps taken to develop teachers’ skills, is driven by leaders’ high expectations. It has resulted in improvements in teaching, achievement and rates of attendance. The school is highly inclusive and works collaboratively with a host of agencies, professionals and other schools to support its pupils.