Beverley St Nicholas Community Primary School

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Beverley St Nicholas Community Primary School


Name Beverley St Nicholas Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 July 2014
Address Holme Church Lane, Beverley, HU17 0QP
Phone Number 01482862882
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 339 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.1
Local Authority East Riding of Yorkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 30.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.8%
Persisitent Absence 11.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

St Nicholas’ is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is well above average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported at school action is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. The school is on two sites. Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 pupils are taught on one site; Key Stage 2 pupils are taught on another. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress. A new deputy headteacher joined the school in January 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress and achieve well overall. Achievement has improved since the last inspection. By the end of Year 6, pupils’ attainment in reading and writing is average. Mathematics is a strength of the school. By the end of Year 6, attainment in this subject is above average; almost a quarter of Year 6 pupils reached the higher Level 6 in 2014. Teaching is good. As a result, all pupils are keen to learn and make good progress. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress because of the good support they receive. Pupils say they feel safe and enjoy coming to school. All parents agree that the school keeps its pupils safe. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They are friendly, polite and well mannered. They are respectful to adults and each other. The determined headteacher, well supported by the deputy headteacher, has been very successful in improving the quality of teaching and, consequently, pupils’ achievement since the last inspection. Governors know the school very well and provide good levels of support and challenge. This helps ensure that teaching and pupils’ achievement continue to improve. The school is well placed to improve further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In writing, the most able pupils are not always given work that helps them to do their best and are not always allowed to start work as soon as they are ready. In some classes, teachers’ marking does not make it clear enough to pupils how they can improve their work. Occasionally, teachers’ expectations of older pupils’ handwriting and presentation are not high enough.