|Name||Ashfield Infant & Nursery School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||06 November 2018|
|Address||Newlands Lane, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 3JG|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Percentage Free School Meals||13.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||4.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is much larger than the average infant school. The on-site nursery has been part of the school since September 2016. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is also lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is also lower than the national average.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
Senior leaders set high expectations for staff and pupils. They are very well supported by middle leaders and the governing body. Leaders and governors are clear and precise in their strategies for improvement. They check effectively the impact of their actions and the quality of teaching. This ensures that pupils develop their skills and knowledge well across a wide range of subjects. Teaching staff have a thorough knowledge of pupils’ previous learning. This enables them to respond skilfully to pupils’ individual needs. As a result, pupils develop independence and tackle challenging work. Leaders focus on the impact of teaching on different groups of pupils. Consequently, all groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, make outstanding progress. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities make very strong progress and are very well supported. Nurture work, including mindfulness lessons, support pupils in improving both their academic and personal skills. The provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent and contributes significantly to their enjoyment of school. They rarely miss a day of school, including in Nursery and Reception classes. Leaders and all staff are excellent role models. They engage with pupils in a manner that consistently embodies the high standards they rightly expect. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons, around the school and at lunchtimes is of the highest order. Leaders provide a wide range of learning opportunities that help pupils develop into very confident and well-rounded learners who thrive. They are well prepared for the next stages in their education. The overwhelming majority of parents and carers speak highly of the school. Children in the early years benefit from high-quality provision that enables them to make outstanding progress. However, the outdoor provision for Reception children is not of the same high standard as that of the Nursery. The broad curriculum is well planned to give pupils a wide range of experiences and broaden their horizons. Middle leaders have implemented strategies to meet the needs of the most able pupils in subjects other than English and mathematics. However, this is not fully embedded.