New Park Primary School


Name New Park Primary School
Website http://www.newparkprimary.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 07 January 2015
Address 100 Boaler Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L6 9EU
Phone Number 01512634447
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 485 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.8
Academy Sponsor Sail Academy Trust
Local Authority Liverpool
Percentage Free School Meals 35%
Percentage English is Not First Language 41.4%
Persisitent Absence 9%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. There have been significant increases in pupil numbers and changes in staff since the last inspection. Building work has been undertaken to build a new school in the grounds to accommodate the expanding number of pupils on roll. Most pupils are of White British heritage. A high proportion of pupils is from other ethnic backgrounds and cultural traditions, including an increasingly large number who are learning to speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils or those with special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils eligible for support through pupil premium funding is high. This additional government funding is provided for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The school has two part-time Nursery classes and two full-time Reception classes. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ achievement in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school has a number of awards, including Bronze Sainsbury’s School Games Mark, Healthy School Award, Basic Skills Quality Mark, Change for Life, Artsmark Silver and Merseyside Schools Partnership Primary School of the Year 2014. Since October 2014, the school has been offering support to Norman Panell School in Liverpool. The school works in close partnership with the local high school, The Academy of St Francis of Assisi. The headteacher is used by the local authority to support other headteachers across Liverpool. The school operates a small behaviour support unit for short-term placements for Key Stage 2 pupils in other schools. Currently there are seven pupils receiving support. This unit is funded by the local authority.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. This highly successful school lives and breathes its mission to ensure that all pupils are ‘safe, loved and learning’. There is a relentless focus on meeting the needs of the whole child through a ‘team around the child’ and ‘children first’ approach. This means that all pupils flourish and grow as individuals who are highly valued and extremely well supported. The inspirational and charismatic headteacher is passionate about good not being good enough. This uncompromising drive for excellence and continually high expectations is shared by all staff and governors. As a result, all aspects of the school’s work have successfully improved since the previous inspection. Middle leaders are also fully committed to maintaining and improving high standards of teaching and achievement. However, they are at the early stages of developing their role. Staff are challenged and supported to improve all aspects of their work. Their efforts are greatly appreciated and staff morale is high. High quality links with outside agencies and other schools help the school to meet the needs of all pupils fully. Excellent relationships exist with parents and the community. Parents’ views are regularly sought and highly valued. Governors are passionate and highly successful in ensuring that the school puts ‘children first’ and is the very heartbeat of the local community. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are outstanding. Pupils are proud of their school and love learning. Most pupils make every effort to attend regularly and attendance is rising. Pupils have exceptionally positive relationships with staff. These helps pupils feel special and develop a ‘can do’ mentality. Pupils are encouraged to aim high and think nothing is out of their reach. Pupils enjoy a wide range of activities and clubs to promote their interest in sport, music and the arts and to help them with their homework. Pupils feel safe and secure because of the high quality support and guidance they receive, especially from the excellent pastoral team. Teaching is never less than good and is frequently outstanding. Teaching is inspiring, creative and challenging to all groups of pupils, stretching their abilities and making them think hard. Pupils throughout school, including the most able, achieve outstandingly well. This is reflected in the standards they reach by the end of Year 6, which are above, and sometimes significantly above, the national averages in reading, writing and mathematics. Children in the early years make excellent progress from their different starting points and are very well prepared for Year 1.