|Name||St Annes on Sea St Thomas’ Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||10 March 2015|
|Address||St Thomas’ Road, St Anne’s, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1JN|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||200 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.2|
|Percentage Free School Meals||15%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||5.5%|
|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.