Feniscowles Primary School

Name Feniscowles Primary School
Website http://www.feniscowlesprimary.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 29 November 2012
Address Livesey Branch Road, Feniscowles, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 5EG
Phone Number 01254201054
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 413 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.1
Local Authority Blackburn with Darwen
Percentage Free School Meals 7.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%
Persisitent Absence 3.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is below the national average. Most pupils are of White British background. A small number comes from Indian and mixed heritages. The proportion of pupils speaking English as an additional language is below average. The percentage of pupils supported at school action is in line with schools nationally and the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs, is below average. Pupils needs relate mainly to speech, language, communication and behaviour, and emotional and social difficulties. The percentage of pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding is below average. This is funding given to schools by the government to support pupils who are eligible for free school meals, children of armed forces or who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. This is a split-site school. There is a separate building for the Infants and Juniors.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress. Standards by the end of Year 6 are average, and rising in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching is good. Teachers share the aims of lessons well with pupils, and as a result, pupils know exactly what they are learning about and this helps them to concentrate. The adults supporting pupils in each class do a good job. This enables all pupils to make good progress. Pupils behave well. They want to learn and do well. Pupils speak highly about their teachers and their school. Pupils feel safe in school and their attendance is above average. There have been no exclusions. The headteacher leads the school well. Clear plans are in place to ensure the school continues to move from strength to strength. The quality of teaching is regularly checked by the headteacher and subject managers and support is provided to ensure that teachers deliver high-quality lessons. The ability of leaders at all levels to bring about further improvement is good. The governors also visit lessons and have a good understanding about the key areas that need to improve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The work in lessons is not always hard enough for pupils who are more able. This slows the progress that these pupils make. There is too much talk and direction from the teachers in some lessons. As a result, pupils are not always given the opportunity to think and learn for themselves.