Buckstones Primary School

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About Buckstones Primary School

Name Buckstones Primary School
Website http://www.buckstones.oldham.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Sarah Healey
Address Delamere Avenue, Shaw, Oldham, OL2 8HN
Phone Number 01617705850
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 206
Local Authority Oldham
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Achievement is outstanding in this happy school.

Pupils' love of learning and eagerness to succeed shine through. All groups of pupils make outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching is outstanding and enables pupils to make rapid gains in learning.

Pupils are challenged to think and expected to do their very best. They show high levels of interest in all that they do. Classrooms are vibrant places where learning is exciting and relevant to pupils' needs.

Behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are friendly, polite and always keen to be helpful. They are exceptionally proud of their school and work and p...lay together in harmony.

Leadership and management are outstanding. Leaders at all levels are highly effective in enabling pupils to reach high standards. They promote pupils' personal development exceedingly well.

The impact of this excellent leadership is seen in the improvements made since the last inspection. Teaching is now outstanding and achievement has risen. The headteacher's outstanding leadership displays an unflagging ambition for all pupils to succeed.

She is ably assisted by an excellent deputy headteacher and a committed and effective leadership team. Everybody on the staff pulls together for the sake of the pupils. Methods for checking on the quality of teaching and the progress of pupils are excellent.

Consequently, leaders, teachers and governors know the school exceptionally well and continuously aspire to improve. For example, leaders have correctly spotted the opportunities to make even more use of pupils' computer skills. Highly effective governors provide support and challenge and have an excellent grasp of the school's performance.

Leaders, governors and staff make learning exciting and meaningful for pupils. As a result, pupils achieve exceptionally well across a range of subjects such as music, art and sport. Parents are highly supportive and one summed it up by saying 'they go the extra mile here.'

Information about this school

Buckstones is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well below average, as is the proportion of pupils whose first language is not English. A below-average proportion of pupils is supported at school action because they are disabled or have special educational needs, although an above average proportion has a statement of special educational needs or is supported at school action plus.

The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the current government's floor standard, which is the minimum expectation for pupils' attainment and progress.

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