|Name||Furness Vale Primary and Nursery School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||30 April 2015|
|Address||Buxton Road, Furness Vale, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23 7PQ|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||97 (45% boys 55% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||12.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||7.2%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Children attend full time in the Reception class. The large majority of pupils are White British, and almost all pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for support from the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is in line with the national average. The school offers a breakfast club for all pupils. There have been considerable changes in staff since the last inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Leaders and governors have worked effectively to improve teaching and ensure that pupils achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics. They have established high expectations in all areas of school life. Leaders check pupils’ work and progress carefully so that any who are at risk of falling behind receive extra support and quickly catch up with the others. Teachers use their good understanding of what pupils can already do to set exciting topics and activities which stretch pupils of all ages and abilities. This ensures pupils make consistently good progress. Pupils greatly enjoy their learning. They concentrate exceptionally well in all subjects. Their outstanding behaviour and attitudes help them to make good progress and to build good relationships. The careful links teachers draw between different subjects enable pupils to develop their basic reading, writing and mathematics skills well. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness is successfully promoted through all aspects of the curriculum. Their understanding of British values is shown in the high levels of respect and care that they show for everyone around them. Procedures to ensure that pupils are safe are effective. Staff implement school policies and safeguarding procedures consistently and effectively. Children in the Reception class make good progress in all areas of their learning because staff are well trained and plan work which is exciting and matched to children’s level of ability. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the effectiveness of the school. Governors have undertaken a wide range of training so that they can judge the effectiveness of the school and hold leaders to account for the progress pupils make. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are not enough opportunities for pupils to develop their reading skills by researching topics in detail. Pupils do not attain well enough in spelling to support higher levels of writing.