Old Trafford Community Academy

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Old Trafford Community Academy

Name Old Trafford Community Academy
Website www.oldtraffordcommunityacademy.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 July 2013
Address Malvern Street, Old Trafford, Manchester, M15 4FL
Phone Number 01619124875
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 408 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.3
Academy Sponsor Focus Academy Trust (Uk) Ltd
Local Authority Trafford
Percentage Free School Meals 33.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 74.8%
Persisitent Absence 9.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 22.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils come from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds. A higher than average proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be supported by the pupil premium (additional funding for children in local authority care, pupils from families in the armed forces and those known to be eligible for free school meals) is well above average. At this school, these groups include children in local authority care and those who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is also above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school runs a breakfast club for pupils at the school and was visited during the inspection. Since the previous inspection the number of pupils on roll has increased from 340 to 396 due to the school becoming a two-form entry primary school. Many children have entered the school other than at the start of Nursery or Reception.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. From their low starting points pupils make good progress and achieve well. They leave Year 6 with standards that are average. Since the previous inspection, achievement in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 has risen. Teaching is usually good and there are some examples of outstanding teaching. The teaching of reading is a particular strength throughout the school and, as a result, standards are improving in all year groups. The school provides a caring and supportive environment. Good support is provided for pupils whose circumstances make them vulnerable and for those who have special educational needs. As a result, these pupils achieve well. Pupils behave well in all classes and enjoy learning. They have positive relationships with staff and each other and feel safe. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strongly promoted. Everyone is valued and respected, and pupils from different backgrounds mix and play happily together. The school is well led and managed. School leaders work together well as a team. They have an accurate understanding of where their strengths and areas for development lie. Governors provide a good balance of challenge and support to this improving school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always match work to pupils’ different abilities, and occasionally, tasks set are the same for the whole class. In lessons, more-able pupils do not always receive challenging work early enough. Marking in pupils’ books does not always tell pupils how to improve their work further. Checks made by leaders on the quality of teaching do not focus closely enough on the progress made by different groups of pupils and this information is not shared regularly with governors. Overall targets for improvement are not routinely set for pupils to make good or outstanding progress.