Littleborough Community Primary School

Name Littleborough Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 June 2015
Address Calderbrook Road, Littleborough, Lancashire, OL15 9HW
Phone Number 01706378556
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 450 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.7
Local Authority Rochdale
Percentage Free School Meals 12.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%

Information about this school

This school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British families. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those supported through the pupil premium, is below the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding the school receives for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below the national average. Nursery provision is flexible and parents are offered morning or afternoon sessions, or a combination of both daily. Reception provision is full time. The school operates a breakfast club and after-school club during term time which is managed by the governing body. The school is located in a building which was previously a secondary school and on a site with a children’s centre and leisure centre. The children’s centre is subject to a separate inspection and a report of its quality can be found on the website The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress from starting points that are below those typical for their age. Good provision and teaching in the early years ensure that children achieve well and get off to a good start. Pupils make good progress in Key Stage 1 and most reach the expected level of attainment in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils attain particularly well in reading and mathematics. Progress is good in Key Stage 2 and pupils reach standards that are broadly average. Pupils’ attainment in reading has improved significantly in the last year. This is because of actions taken by school leaders to improve the quality of teaching in this subject. Teaching is good in all year groups. Staff provide very well-planned and interesting opportunities for pupils to learn. In all classes, pupils enjoy a wide range of experiences. All staff work hard to maintain a calm, respectful and positive place for learning. They ensure that pupils get the most out of every lesson. Pupils behave exceptionally well in and around the school. They are polite, enthusiastic and highly value the opportunities that they get to learn and play at school. Pupils enjoy coming to school and feel safe. School leaders have consistently high expectations of what all pupils can achieve and are ambitious for their success. Leaders’ focus on improving the quality of teaching has ensured that all groups of pupils are making accelerated progress and are achieving well. Governors are very knowledgeable. They have a well-informed and very accurate view of the school’s performance. Governors work successfully with senior leaders to raise standards further and improve the quality of teaching. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In some lessons, pupils do not have sufficient chances to develop the skills necessary to explore and investigate ideas without the support of adults. Too few pupils attain the higher levels in writing at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Pupils do not have as many chances to develop their mathematical skills through other subjects as they do in reading and writing.