|Name||Scarisbrick St Mark’s Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||05 December 2013|
|Address||Southport Road, Scarisbrick, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 9RE|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||65 (46% boys 54% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.7|
|Percentage Free School Meals||13.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||4.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||9.2%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The number of pupils at St Mark’s is well below that of the average-size primary school. All three classes have a mix of year groups; in some year groups there are fewer than 10 pupils. Excluding the headteacher, two of the three class teachers started at the school this term. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well below average. There are no pupils whose first language is not English. A below-average proportion of pupils are supported at school action because they are disabled or have special educational needs. An above-average proportion have a statement of special educational needs or are supported at school action plus. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is well below average. (The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families or children that are looked after by the local authority.) The proportion of pupils leaving or joining the school in any one year is much higher than is typically seen. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Achievement is good. Pupils make particularly good progress in learning to read and many acquire a love of books. They usually reach standards that are above, and sometimes well above, the national average. Teaching is good. Some teaching is outstanding. Teachers make lessons interesting so pupils enjoy learning. Behaviour is good and often outstanding in lessons. Pupils are eager to take responsibility and are proud of their school. The headteacher’s good leadership expects the very best for all pupils. Teachers make a good contribution to leadership by taking responsibility for key areas of the school’s work. All staff work together to do the best they can for every pupil. The school has improved since the last inspection. Pupils make better progress in reading and writing. Relevant training has improved teaching so it is good in all classes. This shows the impact of good leadership over time. Methods for checking on the quality of teaching and for tracking the progress of pupils are thorough and robust. Governors know the school well because they are regular visitors and some help with after-school clubs. Governors provide good challenge and support. Pupils are keen to participate in sport. The school makes a wide range of activities available. This contributes strongly to pupils’ personal development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet outstanding. In a few lessons, the pace of learning slows when teachers’ introductions are over-long. At times, work is not pitched at the right level. Pupils’ achievement in mathematics is not as strong as in English, particularly for girls and the least able. The teaching of mental calculation is not always effective and some pupils are not sufficiently able to apply their skills to problem solving.