Crosby-on-Eden CofE School

Name Crosby-on-Eden CofE School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 13 June 2013
Address Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 4QN
Phone Number 01228212080
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 106 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.0
Academy Sponsor Crosby On Eden Church Of England Primary School
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 1.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Crosby-on-Eden School is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. There are four classes, one combining the Nursery and Reception of the Early Years Foundation Stage, one for Year 1 and Year 2 pupils, one for Year 3 and 4 pupils and one for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. The school converted to academy status in November 2012, but has kept the same name and wishes to remain known as a school. At the time of the last inspection, the predecessor school was judged to be outstanding. All pupils are White British and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium is much lower than average. (This is funding available for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, students in local authority care and those whose parents are in the armed forces). The pupil premium group in the school incorporates pupils from all of the above groups. The proportion of pupils who are supported at school action is above average. The proportion of students supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics. No pupils are educated off-site. The Forest School training status awarded to staff enables an outdoor approach to learning to be promoted.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Crosby-on-Eden provides an outstanding education for its pupils and prepares them extremely well for the next stage in their education. This includes their personal development as well as their academic achievement. The school is very highly regarded by pupils, staff, parents and members of the local community. Pupils say that there is nothing they would wish to change about their school. All groups of pupils make outstanding progress and leave at the end of Year 6 with attainment that is consistently above that found nationally. Equality of opportunity is outstanding. Previous relative underachievement in boys’ writing in Key Stage 1 has been addressed exceptionally well and rapid improvement has occurred there. The effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage is outstanding. Children have an excellent start to their school life and make great strides in their learning. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers are very enthusiastic and use skilful questioning to challenge pupils and make them think. Occasionally, however, learning and progress is not optimised, as teachers do not always give pupils clear ways of being able to tell how well they are learning. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding and this plays a significant part in their successful learning. Pupils feel extremely safe. Leadership and management of the school are highly effective. The headteacher delegates responsibility well and all teachers play a large part in the success of the school, including the pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching. Many aspects of the curriculum are innovative, such as outdoor learning through its Forest School activities. Pupils enjoy these activities hugely and they contribute extremely well to their excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Governors are highly involved with the school and support it very well.