Old Mill Primary School

Name Old Mill Primary School
Website http://www.oldmill.leics.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 September 2012
Address Station Road, Broughton Astley, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE9 6PT
Phone Number 01455284191
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 385 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.6
Academy Sponsor Symphony Learning Trust
Local Authority Leicestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.1%
Persisitent Absence 6.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Old Mill is larger than the average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are supported at school action is below that found nationally, as are the proportions supported at school action plus or by a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils who are of minority ethnic heritage, or who speak English as an additional language, are well below average. The proportion who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below that generally found. The school exceeds the current government floor standards, which represent the minimum acceptable standards of attainment and progress. There is a children’s centre and a high school on the same campus, both of which will be inspected separately. The headteacher formally took up her post two weeks prior to the inspection, at the start of the current school year.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Achievement is good. Standards are rising and the majority of pupils in all year groups, including those with a disability or special educational needs, make good progress, often above the levels found nationally. Younger pupils learn to read very effectively. Year 1 test results this year were significantly above average. Teaching is good and some is outstanding. Pupils enjoy their work and are engaged in their learning, responding readily to their teachers’ high expectations. The school has an extremely positive ethos and parents, staff and pupils are all extremely positive about behaviour and safety. Pupils get on exceptionally well with each other, so bullying is very rare and behaviour is excellent. Attendance is high. The school’s leadership has a clear focus on raising standards and ensuring that all pupils are able to achieve their best. Teachers’ performance is managed well. Systems designed to ensure they develop their professional skills are very effective. The governing body is effective in supporting and challenging the school. It uses the different skills of its members to very good effect to help them do this. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Sometimes teachers are not skilled enough at providing work that fully challenges the most able, or in assessing outstanding work. In Key Stage 2, there are not enough opportunities for pupils to develop their reading skills across every subject. There are insufficent opportunities for pupils to assess their own or other pupils’ work in their class.