Cobbs Brow School

Name Cobbs Brow School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Manfield, Ashurst, Skelmersdale, WN8 6SU
Phone Number 01695720632
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 340 (49.7% boys 50.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.9
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 18.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.3%
Persistent Absence 7.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (09 July 2014)
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Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority, is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. A lower than average proportion of pupils speaks English as an additional language. Pupils are mainly White British. A privately run before-school club and nursery operate from the school site and are inspected separately. In 2013, the school met the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Achievement is outstanding. Pupils start school with skills which are varied, but low overall in comparison to age-related expectations. They make outstanding progress across the school. Pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics has improved. They make excellent progress and by the time they leave Year 6 their achievement is above average. The overall quality of teaching is outstanding. Learning activities demand much of pupils, but are well matched to pupils’ ability. On occasion, pupils could be helped to reflect more deeply on what they learn and how well they are doing. Relationships between pupils and adults are very caring and ensure that all know they are respected in a highly inclusive school. Pupils are committed and highly engaged. Their desire to learn in lessons and their excellent application play a significant part in their success. They work well together, feel safe and are always exceptionally polite and respectful towards adults and one another. The school is attractive and very stimulating. Pupils respond to this and the presentation of their work is exemplary. The headteacher is supported well by the deputy headteacher and a dedicated team of staff and governors. Together, they provide a wonderful experience and an opportunity for every pupil to develop and flourish. The curriculum is greatly appreciated by the pupils, offering a range of rich, stimulating and exciting opportunities for all. Parents are very positive about the education their children receive and the progress they make. They also believe that their children are very safe and happy at school. The governors are totally committed to ensuring that the school is the best it can be. They hold the headteacher to account for all aspects of the school’s continually improving performance.