Old Earth Primary School


Name Old Earth Primary School
Website http://www.oldearth.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 10 February 2016
Address Lower Edge Road, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 9PL
Phone Number 01422375316
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 469 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.7
Academy Sponsor Old Earth School
Local Authority Calderdale
Percentage Free School Meals 9.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3%
Persisitent Absence 7.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Old Earth Primary School is twice the size of an average sized primary school. The school converted to become an academy in spring 2012 and is a stand-alone academy trust. 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 average. Ninety percent 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. Old Earth offers places for two-year-olds. 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 Old Earth is led by an exceptional headteacher who inspires all pupils and staff to be the best they can be. Members of the governing body are extremely passionate about the school. They provide very effective challenge and support. Governors are highly visible around school, seeing the effectiveness of the school’s work first-hand. Many children start the school with abilities below those typical for their age. Teachers’ precision in teaching and the provision of vibrant and exciting activities assist children in making quick progress in the early years. Teaching is never less than good and much is outstanding. As a result, pupils make sustained and rapid gains as they move through the school so that, by Year 6, attainment and pupils’ progress is significantly above that seen nationally in English and mathematics. At the heart of the school’s effectiveness is the determination of all staff to help pupils to become confident and resilient learners. Pupils’ involvement in their own learning is impressive. Due to a highly consistent approach by all staff, pupils really do understand what they are learning and why, but, more importantly, pupils are motivated to continually improve. Senior and middle leaders robustly support the headteacher in the drive for excellence, monitoring and evaluating the work of the school to ensure that pupils have the best teaching possible. Assessment systems are focused on individual pupils, making comparisons of the success of different groups of pupils hard to quantify. Leaders and teachers work intently to provide an outstanding curriculum. The school’s work to teach pupils about ecological issues is excellent. As a result of high-quality training, the work of teaching assistants is highly effective in supporting pupils to learn well. Leaders’ and teachers’ work to involve parents in the life of the school is very effective. Parents speak highly of their experiences with Old Earth and feel part of a whole-school community. The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral and social development is excellent. Pupils’ understanding of different faiths and cultures is less well developed. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding as a result of consistently high expectations from staff, leading pupils to feel safe. Consequently, Old Earth is an extremely happy school.