Queen’s Park CofE URC Primary School


Name Queen’s Park CofE URC Primary School
Website http://www.queenspark.st-helens.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 February 2013
Address Rivington Road, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 4NQ
Phone Number 0174429354
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England/United Reformed Church
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 397 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Percentage Free School Meals 27%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3%

Information about this school

Queen’s Park is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is well-above the national average. The pupil premium is the additional funding provided for children in local authority care, children known to be eligible for free school meals and the children of forces’ families. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and those who speak English as an additional language are well-below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well-below average. The proportion of those supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also well below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the previous inspection, the school has achieved the Arts Mark, the Activemark Gold award and the Basic Skills award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Almost all pupils, at all key stages throughout the school, make good progress and achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics. In the large majority of lessons, teaching is good and some is outstanding. This is having a positive impact on pupils’ learning. The behaviour of pupils and their attitudes to learning are good. Pupils are polite and well-mannered to each other and to adults. Pupils enjoy school and are cared for very well. Bullying is rare and pupils feel very safe in school. The curriculum is well planned to meet pupils’ individual needs and prepares them well for the next stage of their education. The good and interesting range of subjects and topics contributes well to pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The quality of leadership and management from senior leaders and the governing body is good. There is a clear focus on improving teaching and raising achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A few lessons require improvement and not enough teaching is outstanding. Teachers’ marking of pupils’ work is not of a consistently good quality and does not always help pupils to learn well. Pupils do not always heed this guidance. The school does not provide enough opportunities for staff to share the good practice that contributes to the best teaching. In a few lessons, teaching assistants are not always used well enough to enable pupils to learn quickly. Senior leaders and the governing body do not check well enough the progress made by different groups of pupils. Attendance remains slightly below the national average and too many pupils are late for school.