Moorgate Primary School

Name Moorgate Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 19 January 2016
Address Entwistle Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL2 2RH
Phone Number 01204333477
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 389 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.3
Local Authority Bolton
Percentage Free School Meals 22.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.9%
Persisitent Absence 5%
Pupils with SEN Support 19%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Moorgate Primary School is an average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children. The proportion of pupils who are disabled and have special educational needs is above the national average. In 2015 the school met the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the previous inspection, the governing body has commissioned and worked through an external review of governance. The school has offered provision for two-year-olds since September 2012. The school is a Department of Education champion school for two-year-old provision. There have been significant staffing changes since the previous inspection. A new headteacher and deputy headteacher were appointed in September 2012. There were three new appointments to the senior leadership team in September 2015. Two newly qualified teachers were appointed in September 2015. The school was awarded the Investors in People Silver Award in 2015. It has also achieved a number of other awards including the Basic Skills Quality Mark, Eco Schools Silver Award, Artsmark Gold Award, Fairtrade Award and the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA).

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school At Moorgate Primary School pupils, staff and leaders live up to the school’s motto, ‘Aspire, Achieve, Sparkle’, each and every day. The headteacher ensures that she listens to the hopes and dreams of pupils and staff. Most importantly she makes it her job to help everyone try to achieve them. No one is in any doubt of the high expectations the headteacher has but staff are confident help is on hand whenever it is needed. Members of the strong leadership team are key to the school’s success. They take their responsibilities very seriously, carry out their duties diligently and are an excellent role model for staff. Governance is improving rapidly. Governors check that they have the right mix of skills, knowledge and experience to support and challenge school leaders more effectively. The school’s excellent programme of professional development ensures that teachers in the early stages of their career are well supported and those who aspire to leadership are given opportunities to step up. High-quality teaching and learning are underpinned by a well-considered curriculum. It not only secures key skills but also ignites pupils’ passion for learning. The provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Children in the early years get off to a flying start. Everywhere you look, they are absorbed in learning and the atmosphere buzzes with their excitement. Teachers’ unrelenting focus on securing the basic skills generates strong progress for all pupils. By the end of Year 6 pupils have caught up with, and in many cases overtaken, their peers nationally. The culture of vigilance means that all pupils are cared for exceptionally well. Strong partnerships with other agencies contribute to children and their families getting offered the support they need. Pupils behave very well. They are kind, caring and considerate. As pupils move into Years 5 and 6 they have a wealth of opportunities which prepare them for some of the issues which will face them in their community as they grow up.