All Souls Church of England Primary School


Name All Souls Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.allsoulsce.rochdale.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 April 2011
Address Rye Street, Heywood, Lancashire, OL10 4DF
Phone Number 01706360027
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 244 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.0
Local Authority Rochdale
Percentage Free School Meals 8.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about the school

This is an average-sized primary school in which the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well below average. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly average. The school has gained many awards, including International Schools’ status.

Main findings

This is an outstanding school. Attainment in English and mathematics is high and throughout the school pupils make accelerated progress. Their overall achievement in both academic and personal development is excellent. These very strong outcomes are due to: exceptional leadership and management; high quality teaching; a curriculum of excellent quality; pupils’ outstanding behaviour and attitudes to learning; excellent provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and the valuable support parents and carers are encouraged to give to their children’s education. All staff provide excellent care so that pupils feel very safe in school and know how to look after themselves and one another. They gain an excellent understanding of how to lead a healthy lifestyle and very well-planned strategies are in place to develop pupils’ understanding of community cohesion and their role in the local and wider community. The Early Years Foundation Stage is outstanding and as a result, pupils get off to a flying start to their formal education. Teachers and support staff across the school know their pupils very well and work is well matched to pupils’ needs. However, while there are examples of marking being used well to help pupils to know how to improve, this is not consistent throughout the school. The curriculum includes a very strong emphasis on learning challenges covering a wide range of topics. Pupils love the opportunities provided for them to experience responsibility. There is not just one but four school councils who play a very strong role in decision making especially with regard to environmental and conservation issues. Since the last inspection the overall effectiveness of the school has improved. This is thanks to the excellent leadership provided by the headteacher, senior staff and governing body. The leadership team is rigorous in evaluating accurately how well the school is doing and taking steps to address any shortcomings found. They drive forward and secure improvement well through a detailed school improvement plan. For example, the standards of pupils’ writing have been improved considerably. Supported by an outstanding governing body, the school has an outstanding capacity to maintain the high performance of pupils.