|Name||Oakwood Avenue Community Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||10 June 2014|
|Address||Oakwood Avenue, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 3SZ|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||691 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.1|
|Academy Sponsor||One Community Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||28.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Oakwood Avenue Primary School is considerably larger than most primary schools. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported by school action is in line with the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is slightly above the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding is above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children looked after by the local authority. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are from minority ethnic backgrounds and the proportion who speak English as an additional language are low. The number of pupils joining and leaving school part-way through their education is above average. The school has two Key Stage 2 local authority designated provisions: one for pupils with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties; and one for pupils with cognition and learning difficulties. There is a large nursery on site and provision for two-year-olds, through ‘Little Oakies’. There is a breakfast club run by the school. Since the previous inspection in 2009, a new headteacher has taken up post. The headteacher has recently provided support to another school within the local authority as an executive headteacher. In 2013, the school met the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6. During this inspection, most of the Year 4 pupils were out of school on a residential visit.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils achieve well from their starting points on entry, which are generally below, or well below, those typical for their age. Teaching is good and some is outstanding. Pupils make good progress. The school’s processes for tracking pupils’ progress have been very effective in raising standards in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. Progress in reading is particularly strong. The school provides a nurturing and caring environment which enables pupils to behave well and feel safe. Pupils are polite, courteous and considerate. The curriculum is rich and is presented within inspirational contexts to ensure pupils’ enjoyment and eagerness to learn. The school’s strategies to manage pupils’ behaviour within the two designated provisions are effective. As a result, pupils in these units achieve very well. Pupils’ attendance has improved to reach the national average. Teaching and achievement are continuing to improve due to effective leadership. Senior leaders also provide good support to other schools in the local authority. The governing body knows the school well and actively supports and challenges it to improve further. Parents rightly believe that the school provides a good education for their children. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils are not given enough opportunities to apply their mathematical skills to solve problems. Checks on the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress are not always sufficiently rigorous.