Fiddlers Lane Community Primary School


Name Fiddlers Lane Community Primary School
Website http://www.fiddlerslaneprimaryschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 February 2013
Address Fiddlers Lane, Irlam, Salford, Greater Manchester, M44 6QE
Phone Number 01617752490
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 223 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.6
Local Authority Salford
Percentage Free School Meals 29.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.7%

Information about this school

The school is similar in size to most primary schools. The great majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children that are looked after) is much higher than average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs who are supported through school action is much lower than in most primary schools. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special education needs is much higher. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which is the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress. The governing body is also responsible for managing the Irlam and Cadishead Children’s Centre which was recently subject to a separate Ofsted inspection. The school runs a breakfast-club and café before the start of the school day. Until recently the school has admitted children in one Reception class but since September 2012 it has added a second Reception class due to the increase in numbers of pupils coming to the school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress and achieve well from their starting points to reach broadly average standards by the time they leave the school. Teaching has a positive impact because : pupils are very largely given work that enables them to learn new things and improve their skills. Pupils are welcoming and polite. They are enthusiastic in lessons and behave well overall. Leaders, teachers and governors provide good support for pupils and their parents. Governors are passionate about the school. They take an active role and are fully involved with all aspects of the school. This school has improved since its last inspection. The headteacher has worked relentlessly to ensure that all the pupils’ needs are being met. The school’s leadership and governance are having a positive impact on teaching and pupils’ achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet consistently strong enough to enable pupils to make outstanding progress over time. Fewer than average pupils reach the higher levels in national tests in reading and writing. The analysis of information collected by the school to check how well pupils are doing is not sharp enough to enable school leaders to identify precisely where progress could be more rapid.