|Name||Kirkham St Michael’s Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||12 March 2014|
|Address||School Lane, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 2SL|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||176 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.9|
|Percentage Free School Meals||24.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||6.3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.4%|
|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 the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. Very few pupils are from minority ethnic groups or speak English as an additional language, although this is rising with more Eastern European families moving into the community. An average proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care, those from service families and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. There have been staff changes and disturbances to staffing since the previous inspection.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The achievement of pupils is good. Standards have risen steadily since the previous inspection and are now above average at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2. Some pupils in Year 6 are highly skilled writers and mathematicians. Children settle happily in the Early Years Foundation Stage and make good progress. Pupils throughout the school enjoy reading. Teaching is effective and pupils are eager to learn and value the imaginative activities planned for them. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They could identify little they would improve and said they were happy and felt safe. Attendance is above average. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. Leadership from the headteacher, staff and governors has stuck doggedly to the task of improving the school. Actions have been followed through with determination and improved both teaching and achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching of phonics (letters and their sounds) is not yet fully effective. Pupils in Key Stage 1 make repeated errors in their spelling and their handwriting is not always neat. Pupils do not always have enough opportunity to respond to the comments teachers make when marking their work. The plans that middle leaders draw up to lead their subjects forward do not show a close link between actions and their impact on pupils’ achievement. As a result, it is not easy to measure success.