Grange Valley Primary School

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About Grange Valley Primary School

Name Grange Valley Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Dianne Holcroft
Address Heyes Avenue, Haydock, St Helens, WA11 0XQ
Phone Number 01744678300
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 288
Local Authority St. Helens
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The aspirational and ambitious leadership of the headteacher has taken this school from strength to strength. The headteacher has built good capacity to continue to improve the school by developing strong senior and middle leaders. Children get off to a flying start in early years.

Children are inquisitive, tenacious learners. Consequently, they are well prepared for their move to key stage 1. Phonics is exceptionally well taught.

Pupils quickly develop a love for reading, enjoying the range of books in the school and class libraries. The school's considerable investment in staff training pays dividends. High-quality teaching and ...assessment enables pupils to learn and achieve well across the curriculum.

The school provides high-quality support to its most vulnerable pupils. The school's strong partnerships with other agencies ensure that pupils and their families receive the support they need. Pupils are thoughtful and polite.

They work and play well together. Pupils enjoy coming to school and this is reflected in their excellent attendance. Governors provide robust support and challenge to the school's leaders.

They have the skills, experience and expertise to offer highly effective, strategic leadership. The headteacher makes sure that the school constantly seeks out highly effective practice from elsewhere. Teachers and support staff are passionate about their work and are keen to embrace new ideas.

This is a school where nothing is left to chance. Leaders know their school exceptionally well and make sure that any emerging weaknesses are picked up and addressed with immediate effect. Pupils enthusiastically embrace learning.

They take pride in their work, pay heed to their teachers' advice and guidance and enjoy the wealth of trips, visits and clubs the school offers. Pupils make strong progress across the school in reading, writing and mathematics. As a result, almost all pupils reach the expected standard by the end of Year 6.

Pupils do not have sufficient opportunities to learn about different groups of people who live in Britain today.

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. This school is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school.

The proportion of pupils who come from minority ethnic groups is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is lower than the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is similar to the national average.

The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is similar to the national average. The headteacher took up post in January 2013. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum standards expected nationally for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

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