Forest Town Primary School

Name Forest Town Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 February 2013
Address Forest Town Primary School, Clipstone Road West, Forest Town, MANSFIELD, Nottinghamshire, NG19 0ED
Phone Number 01623477211
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 409 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Local Authority Nottinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 27%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.7%
Persisitent Absence 11.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. Nearly all the pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the additional funding provided for children in the care of the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals (the pupil premium), is well above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and pupils who have special educational needs supported through ‘school action’ is above average. The proportion supported at ‘school action plus’ or who have a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. One pupil has part of his educational provision provided elsewhere and attends Forest Town Primary School part-time. The school has a nurture group that is based in an adjacent building known as The Tree House. The school did not meet the government’s current floor standards in 2012, but the evidence collected during the inspection indicates that the floor standards will be exceeded this year.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Teaching is good overall and some of it is outstanding. Almost all the pupils make good or better progress and learn well in their lessons. The school has used its funding to provide additional support for pupils in small groups and this has improved standards, particularly in reading. Pupils enjoy school because the lessons are made interesting and fun. Attendance rates have improved for the last three years and are now in line with the national average. Pupils behave well, say they feel safe and are cared for well. The headteacher leads the school effectively and is well supported by the deputy headteacher, the wider school leadership team and all the staff. The regular checks and other advice given to teachers by leaders have led to significant improvements in teaching and achievement. Governors are knowledgeable about the school because they regularly check on how well it is doing. They provide a good balance of support and challenge. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Attainment is improving rapidly but has still not reached national averages. Not all teachers check carefully enough in lessons how well pupils have understood what they are learning Not all teachers provide enough time in lessons for pupils to respond to teachers’ marking and other guidance.