Foulridge Saint Michael and All Angels CofE Voluntary Aided Primary School


Name Foulridge Saint Michael and All Angels CofE Voluntary Aided Primary School
Website http://www.saint-michael.lancsngfl.ac.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 December 2014
Address Skipton Road, Foulridge, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 7NN
Phone Number 01282861338
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 205 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.4
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 6.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Foulridge St Michael and All Angels CofE is smaller than the average-sized primary school. There have been many changes in staff since the previous inspection. At the time of the inspection, the headteacher was absent. The role of acting headteacher has been assumed by the deputy headteacher. At the request of the acting headteacher, the school is receiving support for two days a week from the headteacher of Higham St John’s C E Primary School. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is slightly below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those eligible for support through the pupil premium, is well below average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are in the care of the local authority. Virtually all pupils are of White British heritage. All pupils speak English as their first language. The Reception class provides full-time early years provision. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The caring ethos and nurturing environment within St Michael and All Angels’ is the hallmark of its work. Teachers and teaching assistants strive to do their best and, as a result, teaching is consistently good. Pupils of all abilities, including disabled pupils, those who have special educational needs and disadvantaged pupils, make good progress. Pupils’ positive attitudes and good behaviour make a strong contribution to their learning. Pupils enjoy coming to school. There are strong supportive relationships which help pupils feel safe and secure. Pupils’ attendance is above average. The curriculum provides pupils with a wide range of learning activities, including visits that broaden their experiences and promote good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The acting headteacher provides clear and strong leadership to improve pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching. She is supported well by governors, staff and parents. Governance of the school is good. Governors know how well the school is performing and use that knowledge to challenge the leadership to make further improvements. All parents who responded to the online questionnaire, Parent View, said they would recommend the school to other parents. The early years is led well and provides a good start to the children’s education. This prepares children well to move into Year 1. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of teaching does not yet result in outstanding achievement for pupils. The work set does not always provide enough challenge, especially for the most able pupils. This limits the rate at which pupils make progress. Teachers’ marking and feedback does not always inform pupils of how to improve their work. Pupils are not always provided with enough time to respond to teachers’ marking and thereby improve their work. Middle leaders are not given enough opportunities to evaluate the quality of teaching.