Featherstone North Featherstone Junior and Infant School


Name Featherstone North Featherstone Junior and Infant School
Website http://www.northfeatherstone.wakefield.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 March 2014
Address Gordon Street, Featherstone, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 6LW
Phone Number 01977799888
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 352 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.0
Local Authority Wakefield
Percentage Free School Meals 8.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.3%

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is 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 by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which are the expected minimum standards for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The headteacher has supported the improvement of a neighbouring primary school. The headteacher is leading a project involving local schools in developing strategies to improve the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The very large majority of pupils achieve well and over time because the amount of progress they make has improved and they make good progress from their individual starting points. The proportion of pupils making expected progress and more than expected progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6 is above average. Achievement in Nursery and Reception Years and in Years 1 and 2 is outstanding. Good teaching overall ensures pupils, many of whom start school at below the level expected, leave at the end of Year 6 having attained broadly average standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils thoroughly enjoy school, arriving each day happy at the prospect of being with their friends and getting down to their work and activities. They behave extremely well and feel safe. Teaching in Nursery and Reception Years is outstanding. Teachers and their assistants have an excellent knowledge of children which they get from their close engagement with parents and their thorough assessments. Teachers’ expectations are exceptionally high and all staff ensure children develop all of the knowledge and skills needed to make a very good start in Year 1. In Years 1 and 2, teachers’ and their assistants’ expectations stay very high and as a result teaching is outstanding. Leaders are effective in ensuring all pupils get the best start to learning and achieve well. Leaders and governors keep a close check on pupils’ progress and on the quality of teaching and where improvements are needed they make sure this happens. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some teaching in Key Stage 2, particularly in Years 3 and 4 is not consistently good or better as it is in Key Stage 1. Sometimes pupils are not moved on when they are ready for harder work. They do not always have to make the effort they have been used to and their work is occasionally a bit untidy.