Old Hutton CofE School


Name Old Hutton CofE School
Website http://www.oldhuttonschool.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 February 2016
Address Old Hutton, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0NQ
Phone Number 01539732778
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 101 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.7
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

This is smaller than the average-sized primary school. There are four class groups in school, three mixed age and one Year 2 class. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs is below the national average. The proportion of those who are disabled or have a special educational needs statement or an education, health and care plan is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who are identified as disadvantaged and supported by the pupil premium is below the national 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 school meets the government’s floor standard, which is the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. There is a before- and after-school club managed by the school, which formed part of the inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The leadership of the headteacher is inspirational. Her strong vision and passion have been the key reasons why the school has improved and is now outstanding. Leaders know the school very well; their self-evaluation is wholly accurate. The governing body are committed to the school. They play an active part in driving improvement. Teaching and learning is outstanding. The way teachers use their in-depth knowledge of pupils to plan for their learning needs is impressive. The quality of assessment is exceptional. It has a substantial impact on the progress pupils make in their learning. Pupils are extremely positive about their learning. This is because they are given opportunities to contribute to what they learn and how they might improve. Such strong attitudes to learning contribute well to the high levels of progress made by all pupils. The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. They conduct themselves very well, and are polite and well-mannered. Outcomes for pupils are outstanding across the curriculum. All groups of pupils make strong progress in reading, writing and mathematics to reach standards that are above average. The curriculum is inspiring. It is based on a range of stimulating and fun ‘real life’ experiences. Consequently, learning is meaningful and pupils thrive. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and personal development is a strength. Pupils have a strong sense of identity. They are valued citizens and have a real sense of their part in the wider community. Children get off to a good start in early years, so they are prepared well for further learning. Leaders are taking decisive action to make sure children in the early years and pupils at Key Stage 1 have the same excellent opportunities as the older pupils to develop their learning and make even more rapid progress.