Castle Hill Primary School

Name Castle Hill Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 January 2015
Address Halifax Road, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, OL14 5SQ
Phone Number 01706813163
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 282 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.1
Local Authority Calderdale
Percentage Free School Meals 13.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.4%
Persisitent Absence 6.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is above average in size. Almost all the pupils are from a White British background. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported through the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is additional government funding which supports pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is average. The early years comprises of a Nursery class, which offers part-time places, and a Reception class, where children attend on a full-time basis. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress from their starting points and usually reach above average standards of attainment by the time they leave school. After a dip in standards in Year 6 in 2014, standards have returned to previous levels. Teaching is good with some that is outstanding. This is because teachers are particularly effective in devising activities that engage and captivate pupils’ interests. Children in the early years make good progress. Teaching provides a strong focus on children’s early number and language development. Reading is taught well across the school. Pupils quickly become fluent readers and develop a real love of books. The school’s provision for cultural development is very strong. The curriculum provides many opportunities for pupils to learn about other cultures and religions. The curriculum is interesting and provides many opportunities for pupils to enjoy their learning. They take part in a wide range of clubs, sporting and musical events. Pupils behave sensibly and display good attitudes to learning. Parents are positive about the school and say their children learn well. They are given regular opportunities to find out about the work of the school. Leaders and governors have improved the quality of teaching through the robust use of appraisal systems and training. This has had a positive impact on pupils’ achievement. Governors know the school well and make sure they understand what the data show about the performance of pupils and teachers. They ensure that the statutory requirements are met, particularly those to keep pupils safe. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ progress at lower Key Stage 2 is not consistently good because activities are not always well matched to pupils’ varying needs and abilities. Work set for the most able pupils sometimes lacks challenge. Too few pupils reach the higher levels of attainment in writing at the end of Key Stage 2. Opportunities to develop pupils’ writing skills as part of work across the subjects they study are sometimes missed.