Oakfield Community Primary School

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Oakfield Community Primary School

Name Oakfield Community Primary School
Website http://www.oakfield-widnes.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 February 2016
Address Edinburgh Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 8BQ
Phone Number 01514244958
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 301 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.9
Local Authority Halton
Percentage Free School Meals 44.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.3%
Persisitent Absence 15.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oakfield is larger than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils come from White British backgrounds, with few pupils who speak English as a second language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is high and includes nearly two thirds of all pupils. The pupil premium supports pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is high. The proportion of pupils who join or leave the school other than at the usual times is above average. The school has two resource bases for pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties and associated behaviours. Their special focus is on working with pupils to develop their speech, language and communication skills. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The dynamic, inspirational and determined headteacher, well supported by her senior leaders, has transformed learning at Oakfield. The school is rapidly improving because leaders and governors have tackled previous weaknesses. The quality of teaching is usually good or better. Teachers assess work carefully and give pupils good advice on how to improve. Pupils make good progress from very low starting points. Disadvantaged pupils achieve well, as do pupils who have special educational needs or disability, including pupils in both resource bases. In 2015, a high proportion of pupils in Year 6 made good or better progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils are kind and thoughtful towards one another. Their excellent behaviour and positive attitudes to learning contribute strongly to their success. Pupils thrive in the safe and secure school environment. Parents, pupils and staff agree that children are free from bullying and are very well looked after. Children make a good start in the vastly improved early years setting. They are now making good progress in this safe, stimulating environment. Governors are passionate about improving the life chances of children in this community by providing the best possible education. They are rigorous in holding the school to account. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet totally consistent and so pupils do not always make sustained progress. Sometimes teachers miss opportunities to develop pupils’ learning through the use of effective, open-ended questioning. Attainment at the end of Year 6 remains below national expectations.