Northowram Primary School

Name Northowram Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 08 June 2016
Address Baxter Lane, Northowram, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 7EF
Phone Number 01422202704
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 462 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 27.3
Local Authority Calderdale
Percentage Free School Meals 5.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.2%
Persisitent Absence 7.2%
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

Northowram Primary School is twice the size of an average primary school. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for support through the pupil premium is lower than average. The pupil premium is additional funding provided for children who are looked after by the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is below average. Over 90% of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment in English and mathematics. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Children in the Reception class attend full time. Children in the Nursery class attend part time.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Northowram is led by an inspirational team comprising the headteacher and deputy headteacher, who together provide a ‘tour de force’ in their drive to develop innovative teaching. Governors are enthusiastic and steadfast in their support of the school. Governing body minutes demonstrate a high level of challenge to school leaders, with a continual focus on providing the best possible education for pupils. Middle leaders are highly effective in their roles, monitoring the impact of teachers’ work and supporting all staff to develop their skills. Teaching is never less than good and much is outstanding. Teachers demonstrate excellent subject knowledge and have high expectations of what pupils will achieve. Skilful teaching ensures that pupils make rapid progress throughout key stages 1 and 2 so that, by Year 6, attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics are significantly above those seen nationally. High numbers of pupils in every year group are working at levels that exceed national expectations. High proportions of pupils achieve the expected standard in the Year 1 phonics (the sounds letters make) check. The work of additional adults is highly effective in supporting all pupils, but particularly more vulnerable pupils, to overcome barriers to learning. As a result of strong leadership at all levels, all staff are guided by the school’s vision to ‘inspire success beyond expectation’. Time in lessons is used exceptionally well so that the focus on learning is relentless. Pupils’ understanding of what they are learning is very well developed and pupils are motivated to continually improve. Pupils benefit from an inspiring curriculum. Leaders ensure that pupils receive excellent opportunities to develop their knowledge of subjects beyond English and mathematics. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. Pupils are kind and considerate and demonstrate real understanding of the challenges faced by others in the world. The school’s work to ensure that pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain is very effective. Children start school with skills broadly typical for their age. Careful provision in the early years is ensuring that children get off to a good start. Children achieve levels well above those typically seen by the time they leave the early years. However, assessment is not fully informing planning for individual children. Activities, particularly outdoors, do not always provide the challenge that children need.