Flash Ley Primary School

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About Flash Ley Primary School

Name Flash Ley Primary School
Website http://www.flashley.staffs.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Joanne Banks
Address Hawksmoor Road, Stafford, ST17 9DR
Phone Number 01785337340
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 188
Local Authority Staffordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

The school motto of 'believe to achieve' is realised at Flash Ley Primary.

Leaders have high aspirations for what pupils can achieve. Pupils live up to these expectations. They flourish both academically and socially.

There is a strong sense of pastoral care across the school. One parent's comment echoed that of many when they talked about how the staff go above and beyond to support pupils.

Teachers make sure that pupils follow the school's rules, but also support pupils who need help to manage their behaviour.

Pupils' behaviour and their attitudes to learning are exemplary. Bullying does not worry pupils. They know that leaders will respond to any ...incidents of bullying and deal with them quickly and effectively.

Pupils are safe in school at all times.

Leaders help pupils to become responsible, active citizens. They do this exceptionally well.

Pupils can be a member of the school council, the e-safety council or a reading buddy. Leaders teach pupils that everyone is different. Pupils respect other people's differences and support one other.

They also support their local community. This includes, for example, making posters for local display, asking dog owners to clean up after their dogs. Pupils take on these responsibilities enthusiastically.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have created an environment in which pupils enjoy learning. Leaders think carefully about what pupils will learn in different subjects. The leader for early years plans with subject leaders to make sure what children learn in Nursery and Reception prepares them well for their learning in Year 1.

All pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), study a broad range of subjects alongside their peers. Lessons are well planned and sequenced. Teachers regularly revisit pupils' prior learning.

This helps learning to stick in pupils' memories.

Teachers use a variety of ways to check pupils' learning. This includes questioning in lessons and correcting pupils' mistakes as they happen.

Their use of assessment is well established in subjects such as reading and mathematics. In these subjects, staff have a good knowledge of how well pupils are achieving. However, in some subjects, assessment systems are less well developed.

Staff do not know enough about how well pupils are doing in these subjects.

Reading is a priority. Children in early years quickly develop a love of reading.

There is an effective reading programme in place and staff receive regular training in how to deliver this. Leaders check how well pupils are reading. They put appropriate support in place for those who need it.

Consequently, pupils are developing into confident, fluent readers. The value of reading is evident around the school. For example, all classrooms have an inviting reading area.

Staff invite parents into school to share their children's reading. Pupils read widely and often.

Children get off to an excellent start in early years.

The Nursery and Reception classes provide a welcoming, nurturing environment. Staff know the children's needs exceptionally well. They support children to be happy, settled and eager to learn.

Clearly established routines for behaviour begin in Nursery. Children learn to take turns and share equipment. These expectations continue throughout other year groups.

This leads to pupils behaving impeccably across school.

Leaders quickly check if children in the early years and pupils in the rest of the school need extra support. They seek specialist advice from external agencies when needed.

Teachers create individual education plans (IEPs) for all pupils with SEND. The plans describe what the pupils need help with. However, leaders have not ensured that they are precise enough.

They do not accurately identify what staff need to do to help pupils with their learning or manage their emotions. This may hinder pupils' progress.

Leaders promote pupils' personal development exceptionally well.

Leaders create a plethora of opportunities for pupils to develop beyond the classroom. This includes residential visits, forest school and a wide range of clubs and activities. Leaders encourage pupils to aim high for their future.

For instance, pupils can use 'aspiration jars' in classrooms to identify careers that interest them. Staff follow up these interests. For example, a professional chef visited to deliver a workshop for Year 4 pupils.

Staff work closely together and support each other. Leaders are mindful of their well-being and workload. Staff cited many examples about how leaders have supported them.

Staff greatly value this support.

Governors are committed to the school and its pupils. They make sure that bought-in services provide good value for money.

Therefore, pupils have a well-resourced environment in which to learn.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

All staff take pupils' safety and welfare seriously.

They report concerns and are confident that leaders will take effective action. Leaders make sure that staff receive regular training. The pastoral team works well with external agencies.

This supports pupils and their families to get the right help when they need it.

The school completes all the appropriate checks on all adults who work at or visit the school.

Through lessons and assemblies, leaders make sure pupils know how to keep themselves safe This includes e-safety and road safety.

Pupils know that they should not share their personal information when working online.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, the use of assessment to check pupils' understanding and inform teaching is less developed than in other subjects. As a result, not all staff know how well pupils are achieving across subjects.

Leaders should ensure effective assessment in all subjects. They should do this so that teachers are well informed about what pupils know and can do and then use this information to inform their teaching. ? Leaders have not ensured that IEPs are as effective as they could be in supporting the learning of pupils with SEND.

Information about what support will look like for individual pupils is not precise enough. This means that some pupils may not receive the support they need to be successful. Leaders should ensure that the information they share with staff is detailed and enables staff to provide the support pupils need to make good progress.

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