|Name||Garstang St Thomas’ Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||21 May 2014|
|Address||Kepple Lane, Garstang, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 1PB|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||178 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.5|
|Percentage Free School Meals||3.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.7%|
|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
This is a smaller than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. A below average proportion of pupils is supported through school action. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. A well-above average proportion of pupils joins and leaves the school other than at the normal time. A large proportion of pupils joining the school have additional and often complex needs. The school operates a breakfast club during term time which is managed by the governing body. A private provider operates an after-school club on the school site during term time. The school site includes a Children’s Centre which is overseen by the headteacher and governing body. The headteacher undertook an associate headteacher post in another primary school in the same local authority for four terms between September 2012 and December 2013. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which is the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils make good progress from their starting points. Standards at Key Stage 2 are above average in reading, writing and mathematics. An above-average proportion of pupils makes better than expected progress in reading and mathematics. Children get off to a good start in the Reception class and all make good progress, so that the majority achieve a good level of development by the time they leave the Early Years Foundation Stage. Teaching is good and staff provide many high quality and exciting opportunities for pupils to learn well and make good progress in English, mathematics and other subjects. Pupils are very eager to learn and have high expectations of what they can achieve. Pupils feel safe in school. The quality of care that staff give pupils is exemplary, especially those who have additional needs or whose circumstances make them particularly vulnerable. The school is led by a headteacher and senior leaders who are ambitious for their pupils. Their focus on raising achievement and improving the quality of teaching has been successful in driving up standards for all pupils. Governors are supportive, knowledgeable and have an accurate view of the school’s performance. They have worked well with senior leaders to raise standards and further improve the quality of teaching. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of feedback as pupils learn and marking in books does not always give pupils precise advice about how to improve their work. The school is not yet using its assessment information effectively to check closely the performance of all groups of pupils.