Greenacres Primary School

Name Greenacres Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 17 March 2016
Address Rutland, Off York Road, Harlescott Grange, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 3QG
Phone Number 01743464570
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 166 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.0
Academy Sponsor Empower Trust
Local Authority Shropshire
Percentage Free School Meals 43.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.2%
Persisitent Absence 11.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Greenacres is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Children in the early years are taught in one part-time Nursery class and one full-time Reception class. Two-year-old children are taught in the Nursery class. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is well below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is well above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs or disability is well above the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. Over the past year there has been turbulence in staffing. The school runs a before- and after-school club for its own pupils four days a week. A very few pupils are taught through local authority alternative provision, on a part-time basis, at the Harlescott Tuition Centre. The school is part of the Severn Community Cooperative Learning Trust with other schools in the area. The school also works with the North Shropshire Teaching School Alliance.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school’s performance has improved since its previous inspection. The headteachers and governors ensure that all staff work together effectively. This has led to pupils making faster progress this year than previously. Leaders and staff have created a new curriculum which captures pupils’ interests. They have ensured that teaching and outcomes continue to improve, despite recent staff changes. Teaching, learning and assessment are good. Teachers and teaching assistants have developed strong subject knowledge and use this well to support pupils’ learning, especially in reading and mathematics. Pupils of all abilities, including those with special educational needs or disability, make good progress in all subjects. Disadvantaged pupils make strong progress in all subjects. Pupils are proud of their school. They value the guidance they receive, are helpful to others, and are developing a good understanding of British values. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around school is good. They show interest in their learning, and are clearly responding well to the new curriculum on offer. Pupils are kept very safe and they say they feel safe at school. Leaders have developed effective safeguarding policies and ensure all staff follow them. Children in the early years make good progress due to the good teaching they receive. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Leaders newly appointed to their posts have not yet been able to show the impact of their work. Attendance rates are still below average and are not increasing rapidly enough. Pupils do not routinely apply all they know about grammar, punctuation and spelling. In addition, some of their handwriting is careless.