Kirk Smeaton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School


Name Kirk Smeaton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Website http://www.kirksmeaton.n-yorks.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 December 2012
Address Main Street, Kirk Smeaton, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 3JY
Phone Number 01977620497
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 126 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.8
Local Authority North Yorkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 3.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Kirk Smeaton is much smaller than the average sized primary school. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is well below average, as is the proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the current government’s floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment. Apart from Year 2, pupils are taught in mixed-age, mixed-ability classes. Over the last three years, three new class teachers have been appointed.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress and achieve well at all stages as they move up through the school. The school prepares pupils well for the next stage of their education. Teaching is good with some that is outstanding. The quality of teaching is improving securely because school leaders have tackled weaker teaching robustly and made astute new appointments to the teaching staff. Pupils enjoy school greatly. They behave exceptionally well. They have extremely positive attitudes to learning. They are courteous, caring and proud of their school. Attendance is consistently above average. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is of a high standard. Leaders drive improvement effectively. The quality of teaching and achievement has improved significantly since the previous inspection, especially in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. The governing body knows the school very well and provides good support and challenge. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although improving securely, achievement is not yet high enough to be outstanding because not enough teaching is of consistently outstanding quality. Leaders do not use the existing outstanding practice in teaching in the school effectively enough to act as a model and spur to take the overall quality of teaching to outstanding.