Kippax Ash Tree Primary School

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Kippax Ash Tree Primary School

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
Phone Number 01133850680
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 379 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.3
Academy Sponsor The Brigshaw Learning Partnership
Local Authority Leeds
Percentage Free School Meals 18.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.9%
Persisitent Absence 10%
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

Key Findings

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.