Royd Nursery and Infant School

Name Royd Nursery and Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 May 2011
Address Carr Road, Deepcar, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S36 2PR
Phone Number 01142882594
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Sheffield
Percentage Free School Meals 15.2%

Information about the school

Royd Nursery and Infant School is smaller than the average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is broadly average. The proportion with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average and the proportion with a statement of special educational needs is low. The percentage of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below average and there are none who speak English as an additional language. The school has gained a number of awards, including: Artsmark Silver, the Activemark, Healthy School status, Eco School Silver and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Mark.

Main findings

Royd Nursery and Infant school is a good school. It has many outstanding features. Children join the school with skills and abilities that are broadly typical for their age. They make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1, so that by the time they leave the school, their achievement is outstanding and pupils’ attainment is high in reading, writing and mathematics. The school is very effective in keeping pupils safe. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and this contributes significantly to the positive school ethos. Assessment practice is outstanding. Teachers use information from assessments of pupils’ learning to plan challenging and interesting activities for all groups of pupils and according to their needs, so that all have an equal opportunity to succeed and do so. The school has an outstanding curriculum, which places a strong and successful emphasis on learning outdoors and the development of pupils’ literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology skills. The school has highly positive relationships with parents and carers. The following is typical of their views: ’Royd is a special place with high standards and expectations but they still manage to meet every child’s needs.’ Attendance is broadly average and in the last year, approximately half the pupils have been granted leave of absence for term-time holidays. There are good arrangements for the admission of children to Nursery and for their transition to the Reception classes and into Key Stage 1. Transition arrangements for when pupils leave the school are appropriate and the school has recognised the need to further develop its partnership arrangements with the adjoining junior school. The school is ambitious for its pupils and it is very effectively led. Curriculum teams have developed strongly since the previous inspection and have a significant impact on the quality of pupils’ learning and enjoyment. Teaching is good and there is a clear sense of purpose to see it improve further. Pupils work and learn together successfully. They take on responsibility enthusiastically and are actively involved in the life of the local community. Day and residential visits and the annual exchange visits with pupils in two inner-city Sheffield schools have had a strong impact on pupils’ understanding and appreciation of the rich diversity of life in Britain. School self-evaluation is thorough and largely accurate. The school has continued to improve since its last inspection and provides outstanding value for money. It has very effective systems for developing the skills of its staff and the consistently high standards achieved by its pupils demonstrate that it has an outstanding capacity for sustained improvement.