Kentmere Primary Academy

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About Kentmere Primary Academy

Name Kentmere Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Nicola Howard
Address Kentmere Avenue, Smallbridge, Rochdale, OL12 9EE
Phone Number 01706647533
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 356
Local Authority Rochdale
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school A 'culture of excellence' lies at the heart of all that happens at Kentmere. A sustained period of rapid improvement at the school has led to consistently high outcomes for pupils. The school's ambitious and determined headteacher ensures that all staff have the highest expectations of pupils.

The impact of her work has been transformational. A talented and unified group of senior and middle leaders carry out their roles exceptionally well. No part of pupils' development is left to chance.

Pupils' attainment has risen dramatically over recent years and they typically achieve higher standards than others nationally, including disad...vantaged pupils. Pupils are confident, motivated and perceptive learners who are very well prepared for the next stage of their education. High-quality teaching and learning permeates the school and across an exciting curriculum.

Teachers ensure that lessons are purposeful and busy, and pupils are supported skilfully by high-quality teaching assistants. The standards of pupils' writing are high across the school, though there is still room for improvement in the promotion of pupils' oral skills. The local governing body, ably aided by the Wardle Trust, has struck a careful balance between challenge and support.

Governors and the trust's oversight have proved highly effective. Through the school's curriculum, pupils achieve well in all areas of learning. Staff plan topics very carefully to maximise their learning in different subjects.

The behaviour of pupils is exemplary and they are kept very safe. They have very positive attitudes to their learning, and have respect both for each other and the rules of the school. Staff morale is very high, because there is a strong culture of support and development which benefits all members of staff.

The provision for children in the early years is outstanding. This is because leaders are highly effective in equipping children with the skills required to be ready for Year 1. Children benefit from a rich and varied set of learning experiences.

There is a myriad of extra learning opportunities for pupils to develop their interests and talents. This enriches the school's strong focus on pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Information about this school

The school became an academy in February 2015 as a member of the Wardle Trust.

The school has its own local governing body, which reports to the trust's board of trustees through the chief executive officer. The school is beginning to work closely with the trust's three other academy schools. The school runs a breakfast club and an after-school club each day.

The school meets the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress by the end of Year 6. There is one Nursery class and two Reception classes. Thereafter, pupils are educated in mixed-aged classes.

The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average, as is the proportion who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is similar to that found nationally.

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is higher than the national average. The school has won several national awards. These include the Eco-Schools Silver Award, the Artsmark Silver Award and the School Games Gold Award.

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