Penistone St John’s Voluntary Aided Primary School


Name Penistone St John’s Voluntary Aided Primary School
Website http://www.penistonestjohns.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 February 2013
Address High Street, Penistone, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S36 6BS
Phone Number 01226762496
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 539 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.3
Local Authority Barnsley
Percentage Free School Meals 8.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%

Information about this school

This school is larger than the average sized primary school. The very large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs who are supported at school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. Pupil premium funding supports those who are known to be eligible for free school meals, those in the care of a local authority and those whose families are in the armed forces. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school opened in January 2012, following the amalgamation of a local infant and junior school. It is housed on two sites a short distance apart. The headteacher is a local leader of education and the deputy headteacher is a specialist leader of education and a mathematics specialist teacher. They support other schools in the local authority.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. This school is exceptionally successful in ensuring that pupils thrive academically and personally. From their individual starting points, pupils make rapid progress. At the end of Year 6, attainment is significantly above the national average in both English and mathematics. The school caters very well for more able pupils, and as a result, some reach extremely high standards. Teachers also pay careful attention to meeting the personal and learning needs of all pupils, including those whose circumstances may make them vulnerable, helping all to learn very well. The high quality of teaching makes a significant contribution to pupils’ outstanding achievement. Lessons are often planned and taught with an impressive attention to detail. Explanations are precise and pupils’ understanding is checked very thoroughly. Pupils are given many opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills through practical, relevant and stimulating activities. As a result, pupils enjoy school very much and relish the challenging work they are given. ‘I love doing this’ is frequently heard. Pupils are highly valued and respected as individuals and are cared for very well. This helps them feel extremely safe and secure. They flourish in the supportive atmosphere and develop high levels of confidence, independence and maturity. They behave extremely well and try hard to do what is expected of them at all times. They are proud of the school and want to contribute to its success. The headteacher, in close collaboration with the deputy headteacher, has a clear-sighted vision for the school and leads it with passion and determination. Other leaders and staff fully subscribe to this vision and form a very cohesive team. Senior leaders rigorously check how well the school is providing for pupils. They take firm and effective action to secure improvements, and constantly strive to improve teaching. They are aware that despite many strengths there is still some variability in the quality of provision and not all aspects yet fully match the quality of the best. The governing body also has a robust approach to its work. It checks on the effectiveness of the school very carefully and provides a high level of challenge and support to it.