Fountains Earth, Lofthouse Church of England Endowed Primary School


Name Fountains Earth, Lofthouse Church of England Endowed Primary School
Website http://www.fountains-earth.n-yorks.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 April 2017
Address Fountains Earth, Lofthouse, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5RZ
Phone Number 01423755289
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority North Yorkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 4%

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. A much lower than average proportion of pupils is disadvantaged. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is well below average. Children enter the school in Reception on a full-time basis. The school is organised into two mixed-aged classes. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Pupils make good progress at school. This is the case in reading, writing and mathematics. It is also the case for different groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Due to improved progress over time, the standards pupils reach have improved since the last inspection, so pupils are now better prepared for their next stage of learning. Teaching is consistently good in the school. Teachers understand pupils’ needs well and meet those needs by planning activities which engage pupils in learning and allow them to make good progress. However, errors in spelling and grammar often go unchecked. Additionally, the most able pupils are sometimes not challenged sufficiently and so not all learn to the depth they are capable of. Pupils’ conduct is exemplary. They also demonstrate very positive attitudes to learning, which helps them to make good progress. Pupils move around school calmly and purposefully, meaning they make the most of all the opportunities school offers. Their attendance is also above average. Leaders have worked effectively to improve the school since the last inspection, particularly around teachers’ subject knowledge and their use of assessment to inform their planning for pupils. As a result, outcomes have also improved and are now good. The curriculum is broad, balanced and engaging; it also offers pupils the chance to reinforce their key skills on a regular basis. In addition, the curriculum provides pupils with a very strong understanding of modern British values. It also supports their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. However, opportunities to learn about the different life choices that people make are limited. Governors have worked with and challenged leaders in school, as well as the local authority, to ensure that the provision for pupils is now good, and that the necessary improvements have been implemented. The provision in the early years is good. The curriculum and teaching meets children’s needs well. The children’s interests are closely considered, meaning they demonstrate very strong attitudes to learning.