Crossacres Primary Academy

Name Crossacres Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 11 October 2011
Address Crossacres Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M22 5AD
Phone Number 01614371272
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 652 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.4
Academy Sponsor Crossacres Primary Academy
Local Authority Manchester
Percentage Free School Meals 32.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.6%
Persisitent Absence 6.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 15%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Crossacres is larger than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below average; a minority of them are at an early stage of learning to speak English as an additional language. The percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, including those with statements of special educational needs is lower than the national average. The school has gained Healthy School silver status, Activemark silver, Artsmark silver, ICT mark, ECO schools, Sing Up gold and the International Schools Award. The breakfast club is run by the school and was part of the inspection. The on-site, privately run, after-school club and holiday provision is inspected separately. 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

Main findings

This is an outstanding school. The senior leaders, managers and governors provide outstanding direction for the school, with an unrelenting focus by all on continued improvement. Leadership responsibilities are distributed effectively and teamwork is strong, resulting in a united, determined and clear vision about what can be achieved. High expectations are set and self-evaluation is rigorous, leading to secure plans for improvement which are sharply focused on raising achievement. Best practice in teaching is effectively shared and staff are constantly seeking out ways to make pupils’ learning even more engaging and stimulating. The areas for development raised at the time of the last inspection have been dealt with very successfully. This, together with the school’s outstanding personal outcomes, improving attainment and a determined drive to improve continually, demonstrates an outstanding capacity for sustained improvement. The outstanding provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage ensures that children make an excellent start to their education. Children enter the Early Years Foundation Stage with skills which are well below those expected for their age. Pupils reach average and improving levels of attainment by the end of Year 6. Learning and progress, including those for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, are good and also improving. This is due to good teaching, some of which is outstanding and often innovative. Teaching is always engaging and provides opportunities for pupils to use and apply their basic skills in different subjects and real-life contexts. However, occasionally opportunities to challenge the more-able pupils to attain the higher standards they are capable of are missed. The outstanding curriculum is rich and varied. The importance of first-hand experiences is strongly embedded into the curriculum, including a residential visit. An impressive range of extra-curricular activities, such as netball, gardening and keep fit, is offered to pupils and promotes their personal development extremely well. Attendance, though improving, remains average and the school is aware that more needs to be done to raise this further by continuing to work closely with parents and carers. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding, as is community cohesion, developed through a curriculum which promotes an excellent understanding of cultural diversity. Pupils say they feel extremely safe, their understanding of healthy living is outstanding and their contribution to the school and wider community is excellent. Care, guidance and support are also outstanding, reflecting the high levels of commitment and skill among the staff in ensuring pupils’ safety and well-being. Partnership working is outstanding and contributes strongly to pupils’ learning and outstanding personal development.