Anston Park Infant School

Name Anston Park Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 30 April 2013
Address Park Avenue, North Anston, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S25 4BT
Phone Number 01909550011
Type Academy
Age Range 5-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Academy Sponsor White Woods Primary Academy Trust
Local Authority Rotherham
Percentage Free School Meals 9.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.1%
Persisitent Absence 4.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. Of the 218 pupils in the school currently, a large number are boys (131). Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. Those that are not speak English well. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus is below average. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. (Pupil premium is the additional funding provided by the government for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, the children of service families and children that are looked after.) The proportion of pupils joining the school at times other than the start of the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception Year) is low. There have been a significant number of staff changes since the last inspection. The school accommodates a before- and after-school club managed by a private provider.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. From broadly average starting points, pupils make good progress throughout the school. Pupils with special educational needs and those known to be eligible for the pupil premium make good progress because they are supported effectively. At the end of Year 2, standards in reading, writing and mathematics are above average. The teaching of reading is particularly good and hence more pupils attain the higher levels in reading compared with writing and mathematics. Teaching overall is good with examples of outstanding practice throughout the school. Behaviour is generally good. Pupils are friendly and polite. They form trusting relationships with staff and so feel safe and happy at school. Improved attendance reflects that pupils enjoy school. Senior leaders, including the governing body, promote strong team work and ensure that training and support for staff are focused on raising pupils’ attainment and progress. Parents are very positive about the school and all that it does to help their children make a good start to their education. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding to drive progress at an even faster pace and make achievement outstanding. Expectations of what pupils do when they work by themselves are not high enough in one or two classes and so not all achieve as much as they could. Senior leaders are not doing enough to check that the actions they take to make improvements result in pupils’ higher achievement in all subjects. Governors do not check closely enough that the information they receive about the school’s performance is accurate and reliable.