Old Hall Primary School

Name Old Hall Primary School
Website http://www.oldhallps.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 October 2014
Address Springside View, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 4LU
Phone Number 01617612051
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 203 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.4
Local Authority Bury
Percentage Free School Meals 14.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.9%
Persisitent Absence 6.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium (disadvantaged pupils) is below average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The headteacher took up post in September 2012. After a period of illness, she returned to the school in March 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. This is a good school. It is led well by the headteacher. She helps to ensure that pupils receive a good and improving level of education and aim high for their future careers. The headteacher is supported effectively by other senior leaders in the school who are helping to improve teaching. Governors hold the leadership to account and are very supportive of the school. They are well trained and regularly review and visit the school. The range of subjects taught and the activities and clubs that take place are very much valued by pupils. Achievement is good across the school and particularly in reading. This is shown in pupils’ books, observations of learning in classrooms and through discussions with pupils and parents. The quality of teaching is good and some is outstanding. Teachers inspire pupils to learn well and to take pride in their work. The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils show very high levels of interest in their work and are keen to succeed. The work of the school to keep pupils safe is also outstanding. Pupils have excellent knowledge of issues such as those related to bullying and Internet safety. Pupils’ attendance rates are consistently high. They enjoy coming to school. The school works extremely well to ensure that any absences are carefully followed up. Children get off to a very positive start to school life when they enter the Reception class. This is because teaching and care are of high quality. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all pupils, particularly the most able, make better-than-expected progress in writing and mathematics. The checks made by subject leaders on learning in lessons do not always specify what improvements are needed in pupils’ writing and mathematical skills.