Outwood Primary Academy Bell Lane

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Outwood Primary Academy Bell Lane


Name Outwood Primary Academy Bell Lane
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 24 September 2014
Address Bell Lane, Pontefract, WF7 7JH
Phone Number Unknown
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 327 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.3
Academy Sponsor Outwood Grange Academies Trust
Local Authority Wakefield
Percentage Free School Meals 4.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%
Persisitent Absence 4.9%
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 an average sized primary school. The school has fewer pupils than at the time of the last inspection. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium, including those known to be entitled to free school meals, is below average. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. With very few exceptions, pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is well below average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school provides childcare at the start of each school day. The school has experienced some disruption in staffing since the last inspection, partly due to long-term sickness.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher has been effective in improving Bell Lane Primary school. She has the support of a strong team of staff and governors, who share her determination to make this an outstanding school. Governance provides effective support and challenge on behalf of all pupils in the school. Pupils love coming to school. This is shown in their attendance, which is above average, and in their enthusiasm for learning. Behaviour is good, and at times exemplary. The quality of teaching is good. Pupils make good progress and achieve well. Standards are rising, and differences in achievement between groups of pupils are closing. The Nursery and Reception classes provide a good start to children’s education especially the outdoor activities. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. Pupils fully understand their responsibilities and the values of their school community. Parents are very positive about all aspects of school life and would rightly recommend the school to others. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In some lessons pupils do not make the progress they are capable of because activities are not adapted soon enough to provide more challenge. Pupils do not have enough opportunities to improve their key skills across all subjects particularly inmathematics.