Diggle School

Name Diggle School
Website http://www.diggleprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 March 2018
Address Sam Road, Diggle, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL3 5PU
Phone Number 01617705246
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 173 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Local Authority Oldham
Percentage Free School Meals 4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.6%
Persisitent Absence 4.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Diggle Community Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The school is part of the Dovestone Learning Partnership, a Co-operative Trust consisting of eight schools. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is well below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below the national average, as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The school does not meet the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school School leaders are ambitious for the school. They have a good understanding of what the school does well and what needs to improve further. Pupils have positive attitudes to learning. They work hard in lessons and are respectful to the adults who teach them. Pupils’ good behaviour contributes to the school’s inclusive and friendly atmosphere. The governing body provides a good level of support and challenge to school leaders. Governors visit the school regularly and focus their work on improving standards. The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. There are robust procedures in place to ensure that pupils are kept safe and protected from harm. Pupils make strong progress in reading. Good phonics teaching helps to ensure that the vast majority of pupils have developed into independent readers by the time they start Year 3. Older pupils read widely and often. Pupils’ outcomes at the end of key stage 2 were not as strong in 2017 as they have been in the past. However, evidence from this inspection shows that current pupils are making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Most teachers regularly provide engaging learning opportunities for pupils. However, there are inconsistencies in some teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve. Sometimes, they set work that fails to build successfully on pupils’ prior learning. This limits the overall progress that pupils make. Pupils enjoy school. They are proud to attend Diggle primary, and attendance is well above the national average. Music is a particular strength of the school. Pupils are given the opportunity to play a wide range of instruments and to perform in the school choir, orchestra or brass band. Too few pupils are working at greater depth in mathematics. The work that teachers set in some classes does not challenge pupils well enough to think deeply about how to apply their knowledge and understanding to solve problems. The school’s curriculum helps to ensure that pupils make good progress across a range of subjects. For example, they make strong progress in science and history. However, pupils do not learn well enough in geography. Children get off to a good start in the early years. Teaching is effective and ensures that all children make good progress in their learning.