Old Town Primary School

Name Old Town Primary School
Website http://www.oldtown.calderdale.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 November 2016
Address Billy Lane, Wadsworth, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8RY
Phone Number 01422842859
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 105 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.9
Local Authority Calderdale
Percentage Free School Meals 12.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 7.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.6%
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. Nearly all pupils are from White British backgrounds and speak English as their first language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is lower than average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is higher than average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school has made substantial improvement since its previous inspection. The focus and steer of the headteacher, supported by conscientious and caring staff, have created a positive place for pupils to learn. The school has actively sought external support, including from a local leader in education. This has meant that teachers have received good-quality training, resulting in good teaching. Progress is strong across a range of subjects, particularly mathematics. Teachers’ regular checks on pupils’ progress identify gaps in knowledge to help them plan lessons. The school’s focus on nurturing the disadvantaged pupils means that they make good progress. The governing body is ‘spot on’ with its assessment of the school’s strengths and weaknesses in the quality of teaching and learning. They are robust in holding the school to account. Leadership has been strengthened. The delegation of subject responsibilities to new leaders has brought a sense of energy and drive to school improvements. The behaviour of the pupils is good. They listen attentively and focus well when working. There are good relationships between adults and pupils. The school puts a high priority on pupils’ welfare. Attendance is good. Pupils are proud of their school and say they feel safe and confident that staff will deal with their concerns. Outcomes for children in the early years are good. Consequently, they are well prepared for Year 1. Improvements in provision for the youngest children have not been as rapid as in the rest of the school. Pupils’ progress is slower in writing because : pupils’ spelling is weak and work is not always well presented.