|Name||Kirkby Stephen Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||26 March 2013|
|Address||Nateby Road, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4AE|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||236 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||23.7|
|Percentage Free School Meals||10.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0.4%|
|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.