Farnworth Church of England Controlled Primary School


Name Farnworth Church of England Controlled Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 June 2013
Address Pit Lane, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 9HS
Phone Number 01514243042
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 412 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.5
Local Authority Halton
Percentage Free School Meals 5.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Farnworth CE (VC) Primary School is a larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium is well below average. (The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after.) The proportion of pupils supported through school action is in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. The school uses Oakfield Primary School and Brookfield Special School, Widnes for alternative specialist provision for pupils with special needs. Last year the school was governed by an interim executive board and there has been a transition to a shadow governing body who have worked closely with the local authority. The next stage is to re-constitute the governing body to take up office in September 2013. The school meets the government’s floor standards that set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils throughout the school achieve consistently well. From their starting points, pupils make good progress and some make outstanding progress during their time here. Nearly all pupils make the progress expected of them by the end of Key Stage 2. The proportion of pupils making better than expected progress is growing and compares favourably with the national picture. Pupils who have special educational needs make good and some make outstanding progress as teaching is well matched to their learning needs. Teaching is usually good and some is outstanding. Pupils’ attainment and progress in reading is outstanding. Teaching assistants are a real strength and their training has made an impact on pupils’ learning. Pupils feel safe and behave very well as they are respectful to each other and very keen to learn. They are proud of their achievements. The school cares very well for all its pupils. It makes sure that every individual is fully included and has equality of opportunity regardless of background or ability. The headteacher has shown outstanding leadership as she is the driving force behind the constant school improvement. The new senior leadership team makes more rigorous checks on the quality of the teaching. Staff morale is very high and everyone is focused on continuing to raise standards. The governing body is a strength of the school as they constantly challenge and hold staff to account for pupils’ progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The more-able pupils are not doing as well as they could in writing and mathematics. School plans for writing and mathematics do not contain relevant success criteria to regularly measure the impact of improvements. Teaching is good overall but there is not yet enough outstanding teaching to move the school to the next level.