Mansfield Primary Academy

Name Mansfield Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 March 2018
Address Newgate Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 2LB
Phone Number 01623624709
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 212 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.4
Academy Sponsor Greenwood Academies Trust
Local Authority Nottinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 34%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is an average-sized primary school. A below-average proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is well above average. The proportion of pupil who have SEN and/or disabilities is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6. The school runs its own breakfast club, which is managed by the governing body. Governance is provided by members of the Greenwood Academies Trust. The headteacher and other members of the leadership team took up their roles from September 2017.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders, including the governing body, are determined to improve the school. Many parents said that the school has improved under the leadership of the new headteacher. The new headteacher and other senior leaders have done much to improve the quality of teaching and use of assessment, which are now good. English and mathematics have improved considerably. Leaders have a detailed and accurate knowledge of where further improvements are needed. They have a strong track record of making improvements this year. The school is well placed to continue to improve. The leadership of teaching and learning has been particularly strong. Senior leaders provide clear guidance and expert coaching for staff. Staff say that they have learned a great deal from leaders. Leaders make follow-up checks to ensure that all staff fully understand and implement what is expected. This means that key aspects of teaching and learning are consistent throughout the school. In the early years, children get a good start to their educations. Teaching meets their needs well and they make good progress. Standards declined after the last inspection. Much better teaching this year has resulted in many pupils making good progress in English and mathematics. Since September 2017, the proportion of pupils attaining the expected standards in reading, writing and mathematics has risen significantly. Attainment, however, remains below the expected standard in most year groups. Pupils behave well around school. In class they work hard and concentrate well. Relationships are good and most pupils enjoy school. Most parents say that pupils are well cared for at school. Safeguarding is effective. Subject leadership in English, mathematics and PE is good. Leaders are aware that subject leadership in other subjects is weaker. The school does not check pupils’ attainment and progress in subjects other than English and mathematics. Much has been done to improve the curriculum for English and mathematics this year. Less priority has been given to other subjects. The school has improved its procedures to secure good attendance this year, but attendance remains below average.