|Name||Featherstone All Saints CofE Academy|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||06 November 2019|
|Address||North Close, North Featherstone, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 6BQ|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||242 (54% boys 46% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.7|
|Academy Sponsor||Enhance Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||17.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.7%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||12.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Featherstone All Saints CofE Academy continues to be a good school.
What is it like to attend this school?
Pupils are happy and like going to school. They say this is because school is a happy place, where behaviour is good and bullying is rare. If bullying does happen, teachers deal with it straight away. Pupils know if they feel upset or worried their concerns will be listened to. This helps them to manage their worries and feel better. Pupils behave well around school, including at playtimes and during assembly. In lessons, they also have good attitudes to their learning, especially in mathematics. Sometimes, in the afternoon pupils’ attitudes to learning are less focused.
Pupils appreciate all that school has to offer. This includes a wide variety of clubs where they can try new skills, especially in sport. Pupils can take part in local sporting competitions. There are opportunities to take on leadership roles. For example, pupils can be part of the school council or eco council, or be a buddy to a younger pupil.
Most parents are positive about the school. One parent reported, ‘The school’s support has changed our lives. My son is calmer and less frustrated and we now know how to help him at home.’ A small minority of parents feel less well supported. They feel communication is not always clear enough.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
Leaders are passionate about making sure pupils do well. They are making changes to improve their curriculum, so it is well sequenced. In most subjects, pupils build up their skills and knowledge well. Curriculum leaders are enthusiastic about their subjects and lead them well. They make sure pupils get lots of interesting experiences.
The subject leader for mathematics is very knowledgeable. She has improved the structure of the curriculum in mathematics. The teaching of mathematics is particularly strong. Lessons build pupils’ knowledge step by step. Teachers give pupils lots of opportunities to practise and apply their skills. This deepens pupils’ mathematical understanding. Pupils enjoy their learning in mathematics and are highly engaged inlessons. By the end of key stage 2 pupils’ attainment in mathematics is significantly above the national average.
Reading is also well led. Staff are well trained to teach phonics. The curriculum leader makes sure that young children get off to a prompt start in their reading. Pupils in Reception and Year 1 get a daily phonics lesson. Staff check children’s phonic knowledge regularly. They use this information to identify any pupils falling behind in their learning. They make sure these pupils get the support they need to catch up. The books pupils get to practise their reading are well matched to their phonic knowledge. This gives pupils confidence. By the time pupils reach Year 2 almost all pupils have reached the expected standard in phonics screening check. Older pupils continue to develop their reading skills well. Pupils talk about the stories they have listened to. They love story time. It motivates pupils to want to read stories themselves. It helps them to develop a love of reading.
In history, individual lessons are sequenced to develop pupils’ knowledge and skills. For example, in one lesson pupils could talk about a range of sources of evidence. They could say with confidence if the source was reliable and why. In some lesson visits, when activities were less engaging, pupils became distracted. Pupils were less confident in remembering work they had studied before, and how it had helped them. They struggled to explain the key concept of chronology. Leaders know that this aspect of the history curriculum needs to be improved. They are taking the right steps to do this.
The special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) makes sure that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are supported well. Pupils with SEND get the extra support they need when they need it, so that they keep up. They are encouraged to be independent, so they become less reliant on adult support. Leaders make sure that all pupils with SEND are fully included in all activities, and that they play a full part in school life.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
All staff understand their role in keeping children safe at all times. They attend regular training events to make sure their knowledge is up to date. Leaders make sure staff and pupils are aware of the local safeguarding issues.
Robust checks are made on anyone working or volunteering in school. These checks are maintained on the single central register.
The school identifies pupils who may be at risk of harm. They take swift action, if needed, to get pupils the support they need straight away. Leaders seek advice from external agencies to support them in their role.
Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe in different situations. This includes how to stay safe when using the internet or social media sites.
What does the school need to do to improve?
(Information for the school and appropriate authority)
Not all schemes of work for foundation subjects are planned with the same high quality as reading and mathematics. This means that in some subjects, particularly in history, pupils lack a deep understanding of the key concepts. Leaders must make sure that the high-quality curriculum planning, training and support seen in mathematics and reading is matched for all subjects, so that pupils’ subject-specific knowledge and skills are built progressively. . When activities are less engaging some pupils loose concentration and they become distracted, particularly in some foundation subjects. This affects pupils’ learning. Teachers need to make sure behaviour expectations are consistent in all year groups and for all subjects, so that the strong attitudes to learning, demonstrated in mathematics and reading, are replicated in all subjects. . Some parents feel that leaders do not listen to their concerns. This impacts upon the confidence some parents have in leaders listening to them. Leaders need to ensure that communication between parents and the school is always clear, so that parents see that leaders do listen to their concerns and act upon them accordingly.Background
When we have judged a school to be good we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good. This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.
This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the predecessor school, Featherstone All Saints CofE (VA) Junior and Infant School, to be good on 15–16 June 2016.