Oswaldtwistle St Paul’s Church of England Primary School

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Oswaldtwistle St Paul’s Church of England Primary School


Name Oswaldtwistle St Paul’s Church of England Primary School
Website www.st-pauls.lancs.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 May 2016
Address Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 3DD
Phone Number 01254231026
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 143 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.7
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 47.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 22.4%
Persisitent Absence 13.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is much smaller than the average-size primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding (additional funding for disadvantaged pupils) is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is above the national average. The number of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above the national average. The school has very high rates of mobility. This means that a significant number of pupils leave school or join the school during their primary education. In 2015, the school did not meet the government’s floor targets, which set the minimum standards for attainment and progress in English and mathematics when pupils leave Year 6. The school has its own breakfast club. The school’s headteacher, deputy headteacher and assistant headteacher have all been appointed since the beginning of this academic year.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school St Paul’s is now providing a good standard of education for its pupils. Strong leadership is at the heart of its considerable improvement, especially since the beginning of this academic year. Under the highly effective leadership of the headteacher, staff are working together with great determination to ensure that outcomes for pupils are now good. Teaching is now good because staff know the pupils very well and have high expectations. The contribution of teaching assistants is especially effective. Children’s work, especially writing, is improving quickly across the school. Pupils are valued, feel secure and enjoy their time in school. Policies and procedures are effective and they are consistently applied. The governing body has high aspirations for pupils. It provides good support and challenge for staff. The teaching of phonics (letters and the sounds that they make) is good and reading is given a high priority by staff. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning at the school is a strength. It makes a strong contribution to the school’s inclusive ethos. The behaviour of pupils is good. They respect the staff and each other. St Paul’s is an orderly and happy community. Children in the Reception Year make good progress because staff know them well and plan their learning accordingly. Parents are very happy with the school’s improvement and staff morale is high. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some of the work set is too easy for the most-able pupils and this means that they are not always sufficiently challenged. Despite improvements, rates of attendance and punctuality do not yet match those found nationally. Some of the teachers’ questioning does not allow pupils to explain their learning clearly and thoughtfully. Pupils lack accuracy and confidence when trying to explain their learning.