North Road Primary School


Name North Road Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 May 2014
Address North Road, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9LQ
Phone Number 01524732435
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 163 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.2
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 19.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.7%
Persisitent Absence 7.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Carnforth North Road Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. Very few pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is similar to the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is above the national average. (The pupil premium is additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children that are looked after by the local authority.) The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Since the previous inspection, there has been a change in staff with one teacher joining the school in September 2013. The school has achieved the Sustainable Transport bronze and the Royal Horticultural Society Green Tree awards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils across the school achieve well. All groups of pupils, including children in the Reception class, make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics as a result of teaching that is good and sometimes outstanding. Children experience imaginative and exciting teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage and are well prepared for Year 1. Actions to improve writing have been successful and standards are rising across the school. Pupils respond positively to effective questioning which develops their thinking and understanding. Pupils feel safe in school because staff care for them and will help if they have any problems. Pupils’ good behaviour in lessons, around school and in the playground helps to make the school a happy place where all are able to learn successfully. Pupils speak very positively about their school. They enjoy what school offers them, which is why attendance is above average. The curriculum offers pupils an exciting range of opportunities and experiences such as music, outdoor activities and sports that enhance pupils’ learning. The headteacher is building an effective team which is committed fully to ensuring that the school continues to improve. The headteacher and governors know what is needed to further improve the school and take effective steps to do so. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Expectations of what pupils can achieve in English and mathematics are not always high enough. Teachers do not get sufficient opportunities to observe outstanding teaching to further improve their own practice. Pupils do not get enough opportunities to develop the skills they learn in mathematics in other subjects through real-life problem-solving activities. Guidance for pupils on how to improve work in English and mathematics is not precise enough.