Walkley Primary School

Name Walkley Primary School
Website http://www.walkleyprimaryschool.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 December 2012
Address Burnaby Crescent, Walkley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2RZ
Phone Number 01142340550
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 341 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.0
Local Authority Sheffield
Percentage Free School Meals 25%
Percentage English is Not First Language 29.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

This is an average sized primary school. The majority of pupils are from White British families. The proportion from minority ethnic backgrounds is well above average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is also well above average. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. The pupil premium is additional government funding allocated to the school for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after by the local authority or the children of forces families. The proportion of pupils supported by school action is average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher began working at the school after the last inspection as did several teachers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher provides clear and purposeful leadership. She is well supported by a reflective and thorough senior management team. As a result, pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching have improved well since the last inspection. Pupils of all abilities make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Those with special educational needs also achieve well because of the carefully targeted support they receive. Children make a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage and are well prepared for beginning Year 1. The quality of teaching is good. Adults skilfully question pupils to help them retain facts and deepen their understanding. They make good use of information and communication technology (ICT) and links between subjects to make learning exciting. Pupils feel safe and behave well. They rise to their teachers’ high expectations for good behaviour and learn in a calm and friendly environment. There are good procedures for measuring and improving the school’s effectiveness. The leadership receives good support from the governing body. Consequently, the school is well placed to continue to improve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally, teachers miss chances for pupils to practise their reading and writing skills during the lesson. Sometimes pupils do not start on activities which fully challenge them soon enough. Some opportunities are missed to make full use of marking and feedback, which is good overall, to improve pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills in different subjects.