Ferney Lee Primary School

Name Ferney Lee Primary School
Website http://www.ferneylee.calderdale.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 08 May 2019
Address Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, OL14 5NR
Phone Number 01706254848
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 197 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.5
Local Authority Calderdale
Percentage Free School Meals 41.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 21.8%
Persisitent Absence 10.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Ferney Lee Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language or who are from minority ethnic groups is broadly average. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is above average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above average. At the time of the inspection, the headteacher, who was previously the deputy headteacher, had been in post for two weeks. Additionally, both deputy headteachers were newly appointed. In October 2018, the school moved to a newly constructed building.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders have made many changes to teaching and the curriculum. While there have been improvements, some have not been in place long enough to have had an impact. Most leaders are new to their posts and enthusiastic. They are still at the early stages of finding out what needs to be done to raise attainment further. Leaders track pupils’ progress meticulously but assessment information is not yet used sharply to support teachers and hold them to account. While the curriculum is varied, it is not enabling pupils to gain a deep level of knowledge and to remember this knowledge over time. After a strong start in the early years, pupils’ progress slows in key stage 1, particularly in reading. Over time, pupils’ attainment has been rising slowly, but remains too low in mathematics and writing by the time they leave in Year 6. The quality of teaching, while improving, remains inconsistent. This is leading to some gaps in pupils’ writing and mathematical skills. The school has the following strengths Children in the early years thrive as a result of enthusiastic teaching and an interesting curriculum. Pupils behave well both in class and during lunchtimes. They are well mannered and apply themselves well to work. Pupils feel very safe and secure, saying that there is always an adult to turn to if the need arises. Leaders have been successful in reducing exclusions and improving attendance. The governing body provides good levels of challenge and support to leaders. The curriculum is wide and rich, particularly in music and physical education and in helping pupils improve their spiritual, social, moral and cultural awareness.