St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Leeds

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St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Leeds

Name St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Leeds
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 19 October 2011
Address Cromwell Street, Burmantofts, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7SG
Phone Number 01132934411
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 257 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.1
Local Authority Leeds
Percentage Free School Meals 30.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 78.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This average-sized primary school is situated a short distance from the city centre. About nine in 10 pupils are from a range of minority-ethnic backgrounds with pupils of African, Caribbean and mixed White and Black Caribbean heritage the three largest groups. Approaching four in 10 pupils speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well above average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is a little above average but very few have a statement of special educational needs. The school has Healthy School status, holds the Inclusion Chartermark and has achieved the Activemark, Basic Skills Quality Mark and Stephen Lawrence awards. An after-school club is available to pupils at the end of each school day. This is managed separately and was inspected at an earlier date. The report is available on the Ofsted 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 which provides its pupils with an excellent quality of education. The school’s motto, ‘We care’, is promoted comprehensively and is at the heart of all its work. Consequently, the ethos is extremely strong and the school has a very pronounced sense of togetherness. ‘School is like being with your brothers and sisters’ is typical of the comments pupils make. Cheerful faces are everywhere and the considerable enjoyment pupils derive from the school’s extensive range of lively and stimulating experiences is clearly apparent in all that they say and do. Strong and focused leadership combined with a unified and skilful staff ensure the provision for pupils’ learning is of a consistently high standard. From a starting point on entry to school that is often below, and in some aspects of language, numbers and personal development well below what is typical for their age, pupils make excellent progress and achieve extremely well. By the end of Year 6, pupils’ attainment is above the national average. The quality of teaching in lessons is outstanding and never less than good. In the most effective lessons, innovative strategies ensure pupils’ full attention and application. Challenging but achievable tasks promote a fast pace of learning, building knowledge and skills securely on what pupils have acquired previously. Teachers give pupils regular and detailed verbal feedback on how well they are doing and how to improve their work but are not always as thorough when marking pupils’ workbooks. The very high quality of pastoral support is reflected in the pupils’ excellent personal development. They are extremely well behaved, are polite and well mannered and place high value on achievement, often applauding spontaneously when someone has made a particularly effective contribution to a lesson. The school’s contribution to the local and wider communities is extensive and the very positive manner in which it engages with parents and carers benefits pupils and their families considerably. The conscientious and well-organised governing body supports the work of the school well but is too reliant on reports from staff for its view of how well the school is performing. As a result of the school’s substantial improvements since its previous inspection, pupils’ attainment has risen significantly. Rigorous and frequent checks by all staff with management responsibilities ensure that the school performs extremely well in all that it does. Despite the school’s many strengths, there is no complacency. The outcomes from extensive monitoring and evaluation are used incisively to identify and target areas in which further improvements can be made. Action plans specify what is to be done, how this is to be achieved and how success is to be measured so that everyone is clear about the direction the school is taking and the part they are to play. As a result, the school’s capacity for sustained improvement is outstanding.