Golborne Community Primary School

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Name Golborne Community Primary School
Website http://www.golborneprimary.co.uk/
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
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Address Talbot Street, Golborne, Warrington, WA3 3NN
Phone Number 01942726059
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 307 (55.7% boys 44.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.3
Academy Sponsor Mosaic Academy Trust
Local Authority Wigan
Percentage Free School Meals 37.20%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.5%
Persistent Absence 6.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.3%
Highlights from Latest Inspection
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Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher provides highly effective leadership for this improving school. Supported by skilful senior leaders, a committed staff team and a determined and knowledgeable governing body, he is rapidly improving pupils' progress.

The quality of teaching and the achievement of pupils currently in the school are good and improving. Most pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 are working at the level expected for their age in reading, writing and mathematics. A larger proportion than in previous years is doing better than this.

The school's support for disadvantaged pupils has improved; it ensures that they succeed as well as others. Provision in t...he early years is led well. It provides children with a good, secure and happy start to their time in school.

Pupils are very proud of their school. They have many opportunities to contribute to school life. Parents hold positive views of the school.

They, and their children, think the school has improved since the previous inspection. Behaviour is good and sometimes excellent in lessons. Pupils are keen to learn, and feel safe and well cared for in this happy school.

Leaders, including governors have an accurate view of the school's performance and know what needs to be done to continue to improve. Learning support assistants are well trained. They provide effective support for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who achieve well because of good quality provision.

The curriculum is well planned. It successfully promotes pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Achievement is not yet outstanding.

Work set does not always challenge pupils, including the most able, to reach their full potential. Pupils do not have enough opportunities to develop the ability to reason and explain their thinking when they learn. Middle and subject leaders do not yet contribute fully to improving the school's performance.

Teachers carefully explain new learning to pupils. However, opportunities to improve on these explanations by using visual resources or modelling new concepts are sometimes missed.

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school.

The early years provision consists of part-time Nursery and full-time Reception classes. The number of children attending early years has risen sharply this year. Almost all Nursery places are full compared to less than a quarter in the previous year.

The majority of children in the Reception classes joined the school from other settings. Most pupils are of White British heritage. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language.

The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is broadly similar to the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for support through pupil-premium funding is above that found in most other schools. This additional funding is provided for those who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority.

The school has experienced a significant number of staffing changes since the last inspection. Seventeen staff have left the school and ten have joined the school. A new deputy headteacher took up her role in April 2014 and the early years leader joined the staff in September 2014.

Two further subject leader appointments have been made to fill vacant posts. The new staff, including a new leader for mathematics, will take up their posts in September 2015. 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.

The school holds the Investors in People award. A children's centre operates on the school site. This is subject to separate inspection arrangements.