Rivington Foundation Primary School

Name Rivington Foundation Primary School
Website http://www.rivingtonprimaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 15 November 2011
Address Horrobin Lane, Rivington, Horwich, Bolton, Lancashire, BL6 7SE
Phone Number 01204696951
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 124 (60% boys 40% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.6
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 10.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.8%

Information about the school

Almost all pupils in this smaller than average-sized rural primary school are of White British heritage and all speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average, but the number with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well-below average. The school has a wide variety of curriculum awards, as well as the Leading Parent Partnership Award and Eco Silver Award. The school provides a breakfast club each morning. There is an independently managed pre- and after-school facility on site that is subject to a separate report, which can be found on the Oftsed website. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Main findings

This is an outstanding school. It makes a considerable difference to the lives of the young people in its care. The vast majority of parents and carers who returned the inspection survey are highly supportive of its work. Despite a dip in attainment two years ago, the school has recovered its past levels of outstanding performance in key areas. Children enter the Reception class with basic skills levels that vary year on year, but are broadly typical for their age. They make excellent progress through the Early Years Foundation Stage because of outstanding provision, welfare arrangements and leadership and management. Attainment by the time pupils leave the school in Year 6 is high and learning and progress across Key Stages 1 and 2 are good. Progress for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is also good, due to the extra support they receive. Achievement is, therefore, outstanding. Teaching is good overall, with some that is outstanding. Brisk pace and challenge, varied and often-practical activities, effective use of assessment and lively teaching are characteristics of the best lessons. The curriculum is outstanding and matches pupils’ needs closely. It provides pupils with many exciting experiences and opportunities to learn about the world. The provision within the curriculum for more-able and talented pupils is a particular strength of the school. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. Behaviour is exemplary, pupils enjoy school thoroughly and, as a result, attendance is high and punctuality first-rate. Pupils are prepared exceptionally well for the next stage in their learning. Care, guidance and support are outstanding, reflecting the high levels of commitment and skill among the staff. Consequently, pupils say they feel extremely safe in school. Senior leaders and managers provide outstanding direction and drive for the school. Self-evaluation is accurate and has improved the focus upon the key priorities for the school. The priorities are tackled through the school’s detailed development plan. Subject leaders are less effective in drawing up action plans for their subjects that are focused sharply on improving outcomes for pupils. They do not monitor the impact of change as closely as they should. Engagement with parents and carers is outstanding, as is partnership working. Governance is good and, given the outcomes, the school provides excellent value for money. Actions to overcome weaknesses have been concerted and largely effective and, as such, the school’s capacity for sustained improvement is good.