Flash Ley Primary School

Name Flash Ley Primary School
Website http://www.flashley.staffs.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 19 June 2019
Address Hawksmoor Road, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST17 9DR
Phone Number 01785337340
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 241 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Local Authority Staffordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 24.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.7%
Persisitent Absence 9.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Flash Ley Primary is an average-sized primary school. The school has a Nursery providing part-time morning and afternoon places. Flash Ley Voyage operates on the school site, providing a range of pre-school and wrap-around care. This provision is registered and inspected separately to the school. Pupils are predominantly from a White British background. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is above average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is average. The school has a breakfast club. This provision is managed by the governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders and governors are ambitious for the school. However, they have not yet ensured that teaching is consistently good. Their efforts to improve the school’s curriculum and the quality of teaching have been hampered by staffing difficulties. Across the school, including in early years, teachers do not use assessment information to plan activities that meet pupils’ needs and abilities closely enough. This is particularly the case for the most able pupils, especially in writing. Provision in the early years requires improvement. Sometimes work is too difficult for the least able children or too easy for the most able children. The science curriculum does not provide appropriate coverage of knowledge and skills. Although pupils’ progress is improving, gaps remain between the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and their peers. Boys do not achieve as well as girls. In mathematics, teachers provide frequent opportunities for pupils to reason mathematically and solve problems. However, pupils do not have enough opportunities to practise their calculation skills. Although improvement plans focus on the right priorities, leaders do not evaluate the impact of their actions well enough. Safeguarding is effective. Pupils are safe at school and say that adults care for them well. However, leaders do not have a thorough enough understanding of the process for removing pupils from the school roll. The school has the following strengths Leaders are improving the school. They have started to take action to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ outcomes in English and mathematics. There has been a clear focus on developing pupils’ writing skills. Pupils are proud to attend Flash Ley Primary School. They display the school’s ‘super-hero’ skills, which include self-belief, perseverance, working in a team and aiming high. The governing body provides a good balance of support and challenge to school leaders. There is a calm atmosphere around the school. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils use their phonic skills to decode unfamiliar words and to spell with increasing accuracy. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are currently making strong progress because they are well supported.