Fellview Primary School

Name Fellview Primary School
Website http://www.fellview.cumbria.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 February 2011
Address Caldbeck, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 8HF
Phone Number 01697478437
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 48 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.3
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 6.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about the school

This is a smaller-than-average primary school in a rural area. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible to free school meals is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils with special education needs and/or disabilities is below the national average. Pupils are usually taught in three classes: Reception with Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6. The number of pupils in each year group is usually less than 10 and can be as low as six. An independent provider runs a nursery on the school site and this is subject to a separate inspection and receives a separate report which is available on the Ofsted website. The school has Healthy School status and Activemark.

Main findings

Fellview Primary School provides a good education for its pupils. The strong relationships between staff and pupils create a positive atmosphere which helps develop pupils into confident, articulate and caring young people. Pupils have positive attitudes and their enjoyment of learning is a key factor in their above-average attendance. Parents and carers are very supportive of the work of the school and remark about their children’s school experience. A typical comment is, ’The school provides an excellent and safe learning environment. Our children love coming to school.’ Teaching and learning, the curriculum and the care, guidance and support that pupils receive are all of good quality. The school is an energetic community providing a purposeful environment in which pupils from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 6 say they enjoy school. Opportunities for Reception Year children to use the outdoors are limited and daily planning does not include sufficient time for children to experience a wide range of outdoor activities regularly. Reception Year children make good progress and this continues throughout the school. Pupil’s attainment at the end of Year 6 is above average in English and mathematics, reflecting good achievement and progress. Due to the small numbers in different year groups, there can be some fluctuation in attainment from year to year. Pupils with special education needs and/or disabilities make similarly good progress; they benefit from extra support and amended tasks meet their needs well. Teachers use questions well to check what pupils have learned and to help them extend their language and learning. However, the marking of pupil’s work is less honed and does not always give clear help to pupils so that they know how to improve their work. Lessons are well planned to make them interesting, with good quality resources, but there are not always enough opportunities for pupils to pursue their own independent learning. The school works successfully with many partners to boost pupils’ learning, personal development and well-being, for example in the wide range of sporting activities available. This helps pupils to have a good understanding of a healthy lifestyle. The school has an effective system for tracking pupils’ progress, but it is not rigorous enough to check pupils’ targets clearly or identify pupils who may need extra support or challenge. The school’s evaluation of its own performance is accurate and the monitoring of teaching and learning enables leaders to identify what needs to be done to make the school better. Improvements since the last inspection and actions taken to boost achievement have had a positive impact, showing that the school has good capacity to improve further.