Avondale Primary School

Name Avondale Primary School
Website http://www.avondaleschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 June 2018
Address Durham Road, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 1NN
Phone Number 01254703449
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 413 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.8
Local Authority Blackburn with Darwen
Percentage Free School Meals 22.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.4%
Persisitent Absence 5.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 22.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Since the previous inspection, there have been many changes in the school. The previous headteacher left the school and the current headteacher took up the role in September 2016. The school has appointed many new members of staff. The chair and deputy chair of the governing body are new to their roles. Many new governors have joined the governing body. The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. An above-average proportion of pupils are disadvantaged and in receipt of support through the pupil premium funding. Most pupils are from a White British heritage and most pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above average. The school meets the current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress by the end of Year 6. There is an on-site breakfast club.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, senior leaders and governors have a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. Leaders have used training opportunities within the school and in partnership with local schools to improve the quality of teaching and leadership. Leaders have created a school where everyone feels valued and respected. Pupils’ safety and well-being has a high priority. Governors’ checks to ensure that the school has carried out its statutory duties in relation to safeguarding are comprehensive. Pupils enjoy coming to school and this shows in their good attendance. Leaders work effectively to reduce the proportion of persistent absenteeism. Pupils’ attitudes to school are positive. They respond well to the school’s heightened expectations of their learning and their behaviour. The curriculum contributes to the good progress that pupils make in a range of subjects, including science, computing, music and physical education (PE). It promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding well. Children make strong progress in their Reception Year. An increasing proportion of children are ready for Year 1. Throughout the school, almost all pupils make good progress. Disadvantaged pupils and middle-attaining pupils are making good progress in reading. Although their progress is improving, the difference in their progress compared with other pupils nationally is too great. Good-quality teaching is helping pupils across Year 5 and Year 6 to catch up from a legacy of poor achievement. Their progress is improving, but many are working below the standards expected for their age. New subject leaders are developing their skills of monitoring progress and attainment. However, they do not have secure knowledge of pupils’ progress and attainment in their subjects. Teachers’ expectations of presentation, especially in pupils’ topic books, show a lack of consistency.