Cummersdale School

Name Cummersdale School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 July 2013
Address Cummersdale, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 6BD
Phone Number 01228592087
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 103 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 7.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%
Persisitent Absence 8%
Pupils with SEN Support 11%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Cummersdale School is much smaller than an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is below average. Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the government to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care and those from service families. The vast majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below the national average. The government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress, does not apply in this school because fewer than 11 pupils took the recent end of Key Stage 2 tests.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Achievement is good and has improved significantly since the previous inspection. Achievement in mathematics and reading is strong across the school. Progress in writing is particularly strong in Key Stage 2 with some examples of outstanding writing. Pupils’ handwriting is exemplary. It is well formed and neatly presented. Many pupils in Key Stage 2 prefer to use fountain pens. Good teaching has resulted in improved progress and rising attainment across the school. Well-chosen topics and powerful texts underpin learning and excite and interest pupils. Children make good progress in the Reception class. They benefit from a recently developed dedicated classroom and outdoor area that is bright and welcoming and provides lots of ways that children can be busy learning. Pupils’ behaviour is most often exemplary in lessons and around the school. Pupils apply themselves diligently to learning. From an early age they settle to tasks quickly and work independently. They are very supportive of each other in lessons. Pupils enjoy school a great deal and feel very safe and well looked after by staff. They are proud to be part of a small school. They take on responsibilities, such as their roles on the school council, with great maturity. Many pupils spontaneously care for others when out at playtimes. Staff morale is good. The headteacher, staff and the governing body work well as a team to make improvements. The clear focus and strong drive for improvement have been successful in raising achievement and improving teaching. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The teaching of writing in Key Stage 1 does not get the very most out of the small number of more-able pupils. Leaders, including governors, are not fully effective in checking that some improvements are taking place for all pupils.