Oatlands Infant School

Name Oatlands Infant School
Website http://www.oatlandsinf.ycway.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 09 May 2013
Address Hookstone Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8BT
Phone Number 01423871036
Type Academy
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 238
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.7
Academy Sponsor Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust
Local Authority 815
Percentage Free School Meals 5.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.9%
Persisitent Absence 4.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is similar in size to most primary schools. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is much lower than average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special education needs is also much lower. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is well-below average compared to other schools. (The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority). Since the last inspection, there have been changes to the leadership with the appointment of a new headteacher and Chair of the Governing Body. Privately managed registered childcare is provided on the school site. It is inspected separately by Ofsted.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils’ attainment at the end of Year 2 is exceptionally high and has been so for a number of years. Pupils make outstanding progress in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, which leads to extremely high standards of learning. Reading, writing, communication and mathematics are taught exceptionally well, so that pupils in all classes are very well prepared for the next stages of learning. Outstanding teaching ensures that the learning is highly effective in helping pupils to reach the highest levels consistently over time. Pupils with special educational needs make rapid progress because they receive highly skilled support that ensures that their needs are very well met. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding in the classrooms, around the school and when playing outside during break times and lunchtime. Pupils are very welcoming and extremely polite with visitors. Pupils say that they feel safe at school. Attendance levels for pupils are above the national average and have been for a number of years. Parents overwhelmingly pay compliments about the way the school ensures that their children are very well supported by caring teachers. Parents say that their children are making remarkable improvements in their learning. School leaders and managers have relentlessly pursued improvements in teaching so that standards and pupils’ achievement have been exceptional over a sustained period and the school has continued to improve. Governors are very effective in their planning and support for the school so that pupils achieve exceptionally well. They diligently evaluate the performance of the school using the range of information available, although they are not always fully aware of the levels pupils are reaching in order to make even further improvements.