Ashbrow School

Name Ashbrow School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Ash Meadow Close, Sheepridge, Huddersfield, HD2 1EX
Phone Number 01484452128
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 444 (49.1% boys 50.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Local Authority Kirklees
Percentage Free School Meals 38.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 34.3%
Persistent Absence 10.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (27 September 2016)
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Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Ashbrow is a large, two-form entry primary school with 431 pupils on roll. The school has grown in size since the last inspection. There is part-time Nursery provision for 26 places each morning and each afternoon. Provision in Reception is full time. Around two thirds of pupils are of minority ethnic heritage. Well over half are known to be entitled to the government’s additional pupil premium funding. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities who are identified by the school as requiring additional support is above average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities with an education, health and care plan is also above average. This is partly because the school has additionally resourced provision for pupils with speech, language and communication needs, commissioned by the local authority. There are currently four pupils in the provision and they are fully integrated into the life of the school. The local authority has recently consulted with the local community to decommission this provision. The outcome of consultation has yet to be determined. The school also hosts provision for up to 12 children from I CAN, a children’s communication charity for children with speech, language and communication needs. All children are fully integrated into school with identified key workers and staff supporting them. A high number of pupils join or leave the school during their primary education. The mobility of pupils currently runs at around 33%. A significant proportion start at Ashbrow then return before the end of Year 6. The school runs its own breakfast club with around 150 pupils attending daily. In 2015, the school met the government’s floor standards, the minimum standard expected for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of key stage 2. Provisional information indicates that they are likely to do so in 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and governors share a passion to give pupils the best possible start in life. This has ensured a relentless focus on tackling the weaknesses identified at the previous inspection and improving further other aspects of the school’s work. Most teachers use regular assessments of pupils’ work to plan activities that are well matched to their current abilities. They usually develop specific activities to help struggling pupils catch up with their peers and provide the most able with extra challenge. Pupils make good progress from starting points that are often very low. In 2015, Year 6 pupils’ progress, particularly for disadvantaged pupils, was close to that of other pupils nationally. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities attending the resource base achieve well because of the high-quality provision and targeted support. Attainment remains below average. Differences between Ashbrow pupils and other pupils nationally have diminished, notably from the early years to Year 2. Year 6 test results were below average. Leaders know that they have to improve pupils’ confidence in tackling unfamiliar questions, because results in mathematics did not reflect their good achievement in class. The early years provision is good. Children thrive in the vibrant provision and enjoy their time there. Improvements in the teaching of phonics have resulted in a rapid rise in the number of pupils reaching the expected level in Year 1. The difference between Ashbrow pupils and other pupils nationally is closing. Pupils develop good reading habits because : they read every day. Occasionally, in guided reading times they do not concentrate well enough when adults are working with other groups, which slows the pace of learning. Ashbrow is an inclusive school. Pupils of different faiths and cultures play and work together in harmony. Behaviour is good. The many pupils who enter at different times of their school lives quickly settle in. The rich curriculum and wonderful resources indoors and out entice pupils into learning. Their horizons are broadened and aspirations raised. The curriculum and outstanding pastoral care keep pupils safe and promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. Governors’ insightful understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses is used to hold leaders to account robustly for the impact of their work.