Orton CofE School

Name Orton CofE School
Website ortoncofeprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 February 2013
Address Orton, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3RG
Phone Number 01539624268
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 72 (36% boys 64% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 5.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 6.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. There are no disabled pupils in the school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is very low. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding (in this school this supports pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority) is well below average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has achieved Healthy School status.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has improved strongly since the previous inspection as a result of resolute, strong leadership and management by the headteacher. The school provides a welcoming, caring and very friendly environment where everyone is treated equally. Children get off to a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils of all abilities achieve well in response to good teaching. Pupils enjoy school, as demonstrated by their above-average attendance. Their behaviour is outstanding and they have a very good awareness of the importance of being safe. The governing body provides good support to the school and asks searching questions about its work. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Middle leaders are not effectively involved in monitoring the quality of teaching and learning. While there are some very good opportunities for pupils to work on their own, at times there is an element of over-direction by teachers. Despite good improvements, pupils are not consistently given opportunities to use and develop their writing skills in subjects across the curriculum. At times the pointers given to children about what they need in order to improve their writing [success criteria] are too complex.