Cledford Primary School

Name Cledford Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address George VI Avenue, Middlewich, CW10 0DD
Phone Number 01606288240
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 305 (52.8% boys 47.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Local Authority Cheshire East
Percentage Free School Meals 23.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.6%
Persistent Absence 11.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.8%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is in line with the national average.

The proportion of pupils with SEND support is in line with the national average. The proportion of those who have an education, health and care plan is average. The school is part of a hard federation with Gainsborough Primary School, Crewe.

There is a federation headteacher who leads both schools. There is one governing body, serving both schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders have taken effective actions to improve the quality of teaching.

This has resulted in pupils making good progress across the curriculum. Senior leaders and middle leaders are effective. Leaders use their skills and knowledge to improve teaching and learning.

Knowledgeable governors provide a good balance of challenge and support for leaders and staff. Leaders have secured good progress in writing in key stage 1 and 2. The changes they have made are recent.

In some classes, the most-able pupils have not deepened their expertise and skill in writing. Pupils are making good progress in mathematics. However, in some classes, recent improvements to developing pupils’ reasoning and problem-solving skills are not embedded.

Disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make good progress. Skilled staff provide a wide range of additional, carefully planned support which helps pupils to make good progress. The curriculum is strengthened by a range of engaging visits, visitors and events.

The curriculum is carefully planned to develop pupils’ confidence in reading. Pupils read a wide range of challenging and interesting texts. The systems that middle leaders use to check pupils’ progress in subjects other than mathematics and English are still developing.

Leaders do not have a precise overview of pupils’ progress and attainment in some subjects. Staff provide a warm and nurturing environment. Pupils are encouraged to follow the school’s values of ‘respect, responsibility and resilience’.

Pupils’ behaviour and personal development is good. Pupils develop as enthusiastic learners who are role models to younger pupils. Leaders ensure that pupils’ safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to staff.

Pupils feel safe in school. The most vulnerable pupils receive a wide range of valuable support through the school’s nurture provision. Pupils attendance has improved due to the effective actions of leaders.

Most pupils attend school on time and very regularly. Staff in the early years provide a vibrant and engaging learning environment. Children settle well and make good progress.