Kirkby Stephen Primary School

Name Kirkby Stephen Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 March 2013
Address Nateby Road, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4AE
Phone Number 01768371387
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 236 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.7
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 10.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.4%
Persisitent Absence 4.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than most primary schools. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding provided for children in local authority care, those from service families and those known to be eligible for free school meals) is well below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There were no children from Forces families in Year 6 in 2012. The school has been awarded the Arts Mark Bronze award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. This is a happy school. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are outstanding. They feel very safe and well cared for. Pupils respect the staff, themselves and one another. The quality of teaching is good overall and some is outstanding. Lessons are interesting and enjoyed by pupils. The leadership of the headteacher has been a strong driving force in the significant improvements made since the last inspection. Senior leaders and subject managers are an effective team and contribute well to school improvement. Their robust checks have brought good improvements in the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. Pupils are courteous and considerate. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong as a result of the rich and varied range of experiences provided by the school. From starting points which are typical for their age, pupils make good and sometimes outstanding progress as they move through the school. Attainment in English is above average and that in mathematics is improving rapidly. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage receive a good start to their education as a result of the stimulating teaching and high levels of care they receive. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding. Information about how well pupils are achieving is not yet fully used by teachers when planning their lessons.