Arkwright Primary School

Name Arkwright Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 November 2012
Address School Lane, Arkwright Town, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5BZ
Phone Number 01246234018
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 109 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.9
Local Authority Derbyshire
Percentage Free School Meals 27.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Pupils are taught in four mixed-age classes. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below average, as is the proportion who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well above average (this is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or who are in local authority care). The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion of these pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school’s most recent results cannot be compared to the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum standards for pupils’ attainment and progress, because there were not enough pupils to make such comparisons meaningful. At the time of the previous inspection the headteacher was newly in post. Since then three of the other four teachers have joined the school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. From starting points that are below those typical for their age, pupils make good progress. Their attainment in English and mathematics is in line with the national average by the end of Year 6. Pupils are well taught. The activities set in lessons are interesting and demanding. Pupils receive good advice on how to improve their work. Pupils behave well. The school has an orderly and calm atmosphere where pupils feel safe and can learn without fear of bullying. The school is led and managed well. Leaders keep a close check on the quality of teaching. Sharply focused staff training has improved pupils’ achievement. The governing body knows the school well and provides a good level of support and challenge. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. Their self-esteem is promoted well. They listen attentively to the views of others. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ attainment in writing is not as high as it is in reading or mathematics. Their cultural development is limited because : they do not have opportunities to interact at first hand with people from communities beyond their own. Attendance rates are only average due to the persistent absenteeism of a small number of pupils.