Castle Hill St Philip’s CofE Primary School

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Castle Hill St Philip’s CofE Primary School


Name Castle Hill St Philip’s CofE Primary School
Website http://www.castlehill.wigan.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 May 2012
Address Hereford Road, Hindley, Wigan, Lancashire, WN2 4DH
Phone Number 01942255578
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 202 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.1
Local Authority Wigan
Percentage Free School Meals 20.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.5%
Persisitent Absence 11.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 23.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Castle Hill St Philips is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the current floor standards set by the government, which are the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. There has been considerable staffing change and disruption since the previous inspection. The school holds a number of awards including the Eco Schools Green Flag and Investors in People. A private provider offers before- and after-school provision on the school site. This provision is inspected separately and receives a separate report, available on the Ofsted website. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is a good school. It is not outstanding because although middle leaders and members of the governing body are committed and supportive, they are not yet making enough difference in the drive to boost the rate of achievement and improve teaching further. Pupils enjoy school and, ‘It’s a lovely school’, and, ‘It’s a happy place’, were typical comments. The imaginative curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage are particular strengths of the school. Responses in parents’ and carers’ questionnaires all showed that they agreed their children are well looked after and many commented that staff are approachable and helpful. Achievement is good and attainment is broadly average. Children get a good start and progress well in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils continue to make good progress as they move through the school. They enjoy reading. Consistently applied strategies for teaching letters and sounds have proved effective in raising attainment in reading and writing. Good teaching, the rich curriculum and careful use of assessment information in lesson planning ensure all groups of pupils achieve well over time. Pupils say they enjoy their lessons, especially those where they set themselves questions, research the answers and become ‘experts’ in different topics. Well-promoted spiritual, moral, social and cultural development results in good behaviour and attitudes. Pupils say that they feel safe in school. They cooperate well with classmates and staff and are polite and friendly towards visitors. Behaviour is managed consistently, so the school is calm and harmonious. Pupils are confident that staff deal swiftly and effectively with any problems that may arise. Inspiring leadership by the headteacher and deputy headteacher provides a clear vision for school improvement, supported by staff and governors. Accurate self-evaluation, rigorous performance management and professional development have ensured that all pupils are taught well and attainment is rising.