Lancaster Road Primary School

Name Lancaster Road Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 June 2013
Address Lancaster Road, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5TH
Phone Number 01524410914
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 518 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.0
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 24.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.4%
Persisitent Absence 12.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 33.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Pupils are taught in 14 classes with two in each year from Reception to Year 6. Almost all pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after children and children from service families) is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported at school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is around average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well and make good progress throughout the school, including those eligible for the pupil premium, disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs. Teaching in all classes is good, with some that is outstanding. Teachers have high expectations and good subject knowledge. The teaching of writing has improved since the last inspection and this has raised achievement. Behaviour is good. Pupils get on well with their teachers and each other. They feel safe in school and are keen to do well. The curriculum is well organised to provide pupils with a range of learning opportunities and contributes to their good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. School leaders, including governors, have a clear idea of how well the school is doing and where it needs to improve. They have secured improvements to teaching and achievement, especially in writing. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet outstanding. Teachers do not always ensure that all pupils are challenged enough to consistently make more than the expected progress. Teachers do not always give pupils clear enough guidance about what they need to do to improve their work, and do not always check that this advice is followed. Data is not always analysed and used effectively by all staff to monitor pupils’ progress and to match learning tasks to all pupils’ needs and abilities. Middle managers do not take sufficient responsibility for pupils’ learning and progress in their subject areas. Teachers do not have enough opportunity to share outstanding practice across the school or to observe outstanding teaching in other schools.