Freehold Community Academy

Name Freehold Community Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 September 2018
Address Sidmouth Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL9 7RG
Phone Number 01617705725
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 466 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.9
Academy Sponsor Focus Academy Trust (Uk) Ltd
Local Authority Oldham
Percentage Free School Meals 21.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 95.5%
Persisitent Absence 7.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Freehold Community Academy opened in November 2015. It forms part of the Focus-Trust. The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is also higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than the national average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders have worked successfully together to develop a strong ethos and culture. They have improved the quality of teaching and pupils’ learning and outcomes. Leaders’ plans for improvement allow them to effectively evaluate the impact of their work on pupils’ outcomes. As a result, leaders focus on appropriate priorities. There is a strong culture of safeguarding. Pupils are confident that they are safe in school. They learn how to keep themselves safe in a variety of situations. Staff receive regular training and feedback to improve their teaching skills. As a result, the quality of teaching is good. Current pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those who speak English as an additional language, make strong progress from their starting points. Teachers challenge pupils appropriately during lessons so that all pupils, including the most able, make good progress. Teaching assistants are deployed effectively to enable pupils, including those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, to learn well alongside their peers. The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school. Pupils are well prepared to be citizens of British society. Pupils’ rates of attendance are above those seen nationally. Pupils behave extremely well in class and around school. They demonstrate exceptionally good manners. Children progress well in the Reception Year. Teachers and teaching assistants provide a range of activities that promote effective learning The role of some middle leaders in checking on pupils’ progress in their areas of responsibility is at an early stage of development. Pupils do not acquire the knowledge that they need in some areas of the curriculum, which limits the progress that they make in some subjects such as history. Although there has been a significant improvement in pupils’ reading skills, their comprehension skills are not fully developed.