Firs Primary School

Name Firs Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 28 June 2016
Address Raven Street, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 3WA
Phone Number 01332346230
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 403 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.2
Academy Sponsor Derby Diocesan Academy Trust
Local Authority Derby
Percentage Free School Meals 45.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 72.5%
Persisitent Absence 23.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 22.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Firs Estate Primary School is an above-average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported through pupil premium funding is higher than average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or children looked after. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well above average and has increased over the past three years. A significant proportion of pupils join and leave the school midway through the year. This proportion has increased over the past year. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average and has steadily increased over the past three years. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. The school does not meet the government’s current floor standards, which set the requirements for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school Leaders’ plans for school improvement are not precise enough to hold leaders, staff and governors fully to account. The school’s self-evaluation is over generous. Leaders have not done enough to improve the quality of teaching and ensure that pupils make the progress of which they are capable. As a result of weak teacher assessment, leaders do not have accurate information on the progress pupils make. Therefore, they do not intervene quickly enough when pupils underachieve. Leaders and governors have not used pupil premium funding effectively. The gap between the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and that of other pupils nationally is too wide. Leaders have not done enough to provide a range of activities that promote pupils’ understanding of fundamental British values. Teaching, learning and assessment are inadequate. Teachers do not have high enough expectations of pupils. Pupils do not make as much progress as they could. Teachers do not use their knowledge of pupils’ prior learning effectively. Tasks are not matched well enough to pupils’ ability. Too often there is low-level disruption in lessons because too few pupils are appropriately challenged in their work. Attendance is below the national average. Leaders in the early years do not understand the learning needs of children well enough. Provision for Reception-aged children is inadequate. Teaching does not match activities to support children’s learning needs. The school has the following strengths Leaders care passionately about the children and the school provides a happy environment. They have made a sound start in driving improvements in the quality of teaching. Children make a good start to their education in Nursery Year. The majority of children make good progress by the end of Nursery. Full report In accordance with the Education Act 2005, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of the opinion that this school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school.