Kirk Ireton C of E Primary School


Name Kirk Ireton C of E Primary School
Website http://www.kirkiretonprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 28 September 2017
Address Main Street, Kirk Ireton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 3LD
Phone Number 01335370351
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 52 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.0
Percentage Free School Meals 9.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. There are not enough pupils at the school to allow for the publication of information about the government’s floor standards. The headteacher was also the headteacher at the time of the previous inspection, but all of the teaching staff are new to the school since then. The school is now part of a federation with another nearby primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is broadly average, but varies between year groups. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly average, but varies markedly between year groups and, in some year groups, there are none.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The distinctive character and spirit of the school and its values are exceptionally strong. They inform and characterise everything that the staff do. It is for this reason that the school, justifiably, enjoys a very high level of confidence among the parents. The headteacher, governing body, and the staff demonstrate drive and determination to improve constantly. Together, they have sustained significant strengths identified at the previous inspection over a long period of time. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is highly effective. The teaching is planned with close attention to pupils’ learning needs. The teachers exploit the opportunities afforded by the school’s small size to work flexibly in each key stage to meet the actual learning needs. The pupils’ behaviour is consistently very good. They are respectful, polite and well mannered. They develop very positive attitudes to life and to learning and reflect very well the school’s constantly reinforced values. The pupils thrive at the school, something that begins as soon as they join it, be that in the early years, or at a later point. The quality of the provision in the early years reflects that of the school generally. The staff ensure that the distinctive and particular learning needs of this age group are met diligently. Typically, the pupils have made strong progress. Since 2016, their progress has been more good than outstanding because the school had not adapted its teaching sufficiently for the pupils to meet some of the demands of the new national curriculum for literacy and mathematics. Swift action by the leaders has resulted in significant improvement, but the task is not completed.