Oswald Road Primary School

Name Oswald Road Primary School
Website http://www.oswaldroad.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 September 2018
Address Oswald Road, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9PL
Phone Number 01618814266
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 654 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.6
Local Authority Manchester
Percentage Free School Meals 8.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 23.5%
Persisitent Absence 5.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is an exceptionally large primary school which is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils receiving support for SEN and/or disabilities is below average. The proportion of pupils supported with an education, health and care plan is below average. The school receives additional funding through the pupil premium funding for an average proportion of disadvantaged pupils. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Governors check all aspects of leaders’ work and provide good levels of challenge. As a result, they support leaders effectively in further developing the school. The headteacher shows determined leadership and has worked effectively with an ambitious and strong senior leadership team to address previous areas for improvement in the school. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is a golden thread which leaders weave effectively through the school’s values and curriculum. Pupils have a strong respect for the rights of others. They value diversity and have a clear understanding of British values. Leaders ensure that there is a smooth transition for children into Nursery, Reception and Year 1. This is equally strong throughout key stages 1 and 2, with well organised transition for pupils into Year 7. The presentation of pupils’ work, including their handwriting, is not of a consistently high standard. Overall, pupils behave very well and are extremely polite and courteous. However, occasionally, some pupils do not behave as well as they should during lessons. This is because : the level of challenge provided is not always high enough, particularly for the most able. Leaders provide children in the early years with a stimulating curriculum. However, there are fewer opportunities for children to develop their reading and writing skills in the outdoor area. Pupils make strong progress in phonics. Their results in the phonic screening check at the end of Year 1 are consistently higher than those seen nationally. Pupils make good progress in a wide range of subjects across the curriculum. However, outcomes in writing for pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, are lower than outcomes seen in other subjects. Leaders’ systems to engage with families are exemplary. As a result, the majority of parents and carers speak very highly of the school and have a clear understanding of their children’s educational experience.