Goodly Dale Primary School

Name Goodly Dale Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 April 2018
Address Lake Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 2JX
Phone Number 01539446946
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 94 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.9
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 3.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16%
Persisitent Absence 18.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 16%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a much-smaller-than-average primary school. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for support through the pupil premium is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above average. The proportion of pupils who have statements of special educational needs or education, health and care plans is above the national average. The school has a special resourced provision for pupils with medical needs. There are no pupils currently attending this provision. The school operates a breakfast club each morning. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of key stage 2.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders provide a very caring, nurturing environment in which pupils feel secure and can thrive. Leaders and governors have maintained the good quality of education since the previous inspection. They have ensured that the school continues to improve. Leaders have realistic, well-informed plans for further development. Some aspects of these plans lack clear targets against which to measure success. Pupils make great strides in their personal development at Goodly Dale. They show much pride in their school and learn to be confident, caring individuals who show respect for others. From their varied starting points, pupils make good progress across a range of subjects. Leaders ensure that the curriculum provides a broad range of interesting, relevant experiences and activities for pupils which promote their progress well. The school’s ‘forest school’ programme and the broad range of extra-curricular activities enhance and develop pupils’ learning. Parents and carers speak highly of the school. They report that their children are happy, safe and make good progress. Governors are knowledgeable about the school. They provide a good level of challenge and support to the headteacher in making sure that the school continues to move forward. Teachers know pupils’ skills and capabilities well and provide activities which promote much effective learning. On occasion, teachers’ expectations are not closely enough matched to pupils’ abilities, with the result that, for some pupils, work is too hard or too easy. This limits the number of pupils who reach the higher levels by the end of Year 6. Pupils behave well, both inside and outside the classroom. They enjoy coming to school and say learning is fun. Despite the school’s efforts, some pupils do not attend school as often as they should. Children make good progress in Nursery and Reception. However, the outdoor play area does not provide a stimulating environment to further enhance and develop learning. Subject leadership is improving. Leaders have clear plans for further development in their areas of expertise. Procedures to monitor progress across subjects are at an early stage of development. `