Old Park Primary School

Name Old Park Primary School
Website http://https://oldparkprimaryschool.taw.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 December 2012
Address Brunel Road, Malinslee, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 2BF
Phone Number 01952387250
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 664
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.0
Local Authority 894
Percentage Free School Meals 31.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.6%
Persisitent Absence 11.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 27.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Old Park is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are identified as disabled or who have special educational needs is higher than national levels for those supported by school action and significantly higher than national levels for those at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. Nearly a fifth of pupils enter the school between Year 3 and Year 6. The school runs a breakfast club on the premises. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school received the Times Educational Supplement Outstanding Primary School of the Year award in 2011 in recognition of its innovative approach to the curriculum.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress from what are often very low starting points. Achievement has rapidly improved over the past three years. Standards are average by the time pupils leave in Year 6. Teaching is good. Teachers make it clear to pupils what they need to learn and they ask searching questions. Some teaching is outstanding. Pupils show respect to adults and listen well to each other. The relationships between staff and pupils are caring. Pupils behave well, enjoy school and say they feel safe. Pupils find that things they do in school are stimulating. Learning is made exciting and varied by working with, for example, artists, dancers and theatre companies. The headteacher shares with her staff a very clear view of what they need to do to make the school more successful. They have shown that they can continue to make the school even better for its pupils. The governing body knows about the day-to-day life of the school. They give strong support and ask helpful questions to the school’s leadership. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some pupils are not always clear what they need to do to improve. Some do not yet get enough opportunities to work things out for themselves. Work is at times quite easy, particularly for the more-able pupils. A few pupils in Key Stage 1 have not made a good enough start in their reading.