St Annes on Sea St Thomas’ Church of England Primary School

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St Annes on Sea St Thomas’ Church of England Primary School


Name St Annes on Sea St Thomas’ Church of England Primary School
Website www.st-thomas.lancs.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 March 2015
Address St Thomas’ Road, St Anne’s, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1JN
Phone Number 01253722022
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 200 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 15%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.5%
Persisitent Absence 5.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those supported by the pupil premium, is lower than the national average. The pupil premium is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority. Full-time early years provision is provided in the Reception class. In 2014 the school did not meet the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. At the time of the inspection, the headteacher was absent through illness and an associate headteacher had been in post since October 2014. There has been considerable turbulence in staffing recently. The school shares its site with St Thomas’ Day Nursery.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Strong leadership by the associate headteacher and the governing body has brought about a rapid improvement in the achievement of pupils. The school is well placed to improve further because of the recent rapid improvements. Teaching is good and teachers plan activities which enthuse and motivate pupils to achieve well. Reading is taught and promoted well across the school. Pupils show a real love for books and enjoy reading. The progress of disadvantaged pupils is accelerating so the gap in attainment between these pupils and non-disadvantaged pupils is now closing. Provision in the early years is good. From typical starting points, children make good progress and are well prepared for Year 1. The curriculum provides an extensive range of stimulating experiences which pupils clearly enjoy. Pupils benefit from a number of well-planned educational visits and visitors to the school. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school. It contributes to pupils’ positive attitudes towards their learning. Their conduct around the school is exemplary. Pupils say they feel safe in school. They have a good understanding of all types of bullying and know how to keep themselves safe, particularly when using the internet. Governors are extremely knowledgeable about the school. They have given the associate headteacher strong support through a period of significant turbulence and as a result, the school is now improving rapidly. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Expectations of what pupils can achieve are not always high enough. The work provided sometimes lacks challenge, particularly for the most able pupils. Marking does not always help pupils to improve their work. The main subject leaders have not yet fully developed the skills to make thorough checks on the work of the school.