Foundry Lane Primary School

Name Foundry Lane Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 29 April 2015
Address Foundry Lane, Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 3JT
Phone Number 02380774814
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 627 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.7
Local Authority Southampton
Percentage Free School Meals 19.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 33.5%
Persisitent Absence 7.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Foundry Lane is a much larger-than-average primary school. Along with four other primary schools and a secondary school, it is part of the Southampton Cooperative Learning Trust. The school is expanding and is in the process of becoming a three-form entry primary school. Currently, there are three classes in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. From Year 3 onwards, each year group has two classes. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is slightly above average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are supported by additional government funding (pupil premium) is slightly below average. The school runs a breakfast club and an after-school club that are managed by the governing body. Children in the Reception class attend full-time. The headteacher currently supports governance at the Trust secondary school, as a member of its Interim Executive Board. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children in the early years achieve well because : teaching is good. Children experience a broad range of activities each day, inside and outside, to encourage their enjoyment of learning. Pupils achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics. Disadvantaged pupils are not far behind other pupils, having made up ground considerably, particularly during this year. Senior leaders respond quickly to any relative dips in teaching and achievement and make sure these are put right. Leaders have focused successfully on raising attainment in writing. Attainment in mathematics is also picking up strongly. Teaching is good in most year groups and is particularly effective in Years 5 and 6. Reading is taught well and this year’s focus on grammar, spelling and punctuation has improved pupils’ accuracy when writing. Vulnerable pupils and those who have special educational or medical needs receive good care and support. Extra help is planned with care so that these pupils receive precisely what they need. Pupils are friendly and behave well around the school. They feel safe and act responsibly. Pupils understand and show commitment to the values that staff promote, such as tolerance, respect and equality. Pupils enjoy the broad and interesting curriculum at Foundry Lane. They have many opportunities to join clubs, learn outdoors, hear from visitors or take part in events with the other Trust schools. Governors have an accurate view of the school and draw on a range of evidence to assure themselves that teaching and achievement are good enough. They fulfil their strategic role well and provide an appropriate degree of challenge for senior leaders. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Children’s assessments, from the end of Reception, are not used to full effect to make sure children’s progress is consistently good from Year 1 onwards. More able pupils in Years 3 and 4 could tackle harder work in mathematics to extend their thinking and require them to apply their mathematical knowledge in different contexts.