Kirkheaton Primary School

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About Kirkheaton Primary School

Name Kirkheaton Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Richard Coates
Address New Road, Kirkheaton, Huddersfield, HD5 0HR
Phone Number 01484548049
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 377
Local Authority Kirklees
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils at Kirkheaton Primary School are happy to come to school because they enjoy their learning. Adults show pupils how to treat each other with respect.

This inspires pupils to do the same. Children feel safe and have confidence in the adults in school. Many pupils told inspectors 'this school does not accept bullying' and inspectors agree.

Pupils know that staff will sort out any worries or problems that they might have.

Adults have consistently high expectations for the way that pupils should behave. Pupils rise to these expectations.

They develop their character through the many leadership opportunities on offer. For example, older pupils, as play leaders, support younger pupils with sensitivity and patience. The school prepares pupils well for their future lives.

The school has high expectations for what pupils can achieve. Leaders have established an ambitious curriculum. In the early years, children get off to a flying start.

They quickly acquire the knowledge and skills that they need for Year 1 and beyond. Across the school, almost all pupils become confident learners, including those who are disadvantaged. Pupils have positive attitudes to their learning.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has prioritised the development of a broad and rich curriculum that starts as soon as children join the school. In the early years, children benefit from high-quality interactions with adults. Leaders have identified the vocabulary they want children to learn.

Children use this new vocabulary confidently. This provides a strong foundation for older pupils to use increasingly complex vocabulary to explain their learning. Staff regularly check what pupils know and remember.

However, in some subjects, the school has not defined the important knowledge that pupils need to learn clearly enough. At times, the tasks pupils complete do not match the intended learning precisely.

The mathematics curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced from early years through to Year 6.

Pupils use mathematical language accurately and can explain what they are doing and why. The school teaches mathematics well and provides opportunities for pupils to practise their skills. As a result, most pupils become fluent and confident mathematicians.

Leaders have made sure that reading is a priority. Pupils have very positive attitudes towards reading. They talk with enthusiasm about their favourite books and authors.

Pupils start learning to read as soon as they begin Reception. The school's phonics programme is securely embedded. The books that pupils read match the sounds that they know.

The school has trained all staff in how to teach phonics effectively. Staff identify pupils who are at risk of falling behind with learning to read quickly. They provide effective support for these pupils so that they catch up with their peers.

Pupils in key stage 2 are inspired to read by the wide range of books in the new library.

The school supports pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) well. Adults are skilled at adapting their teaching and work for the pupils.

This means that these pupils can successfully follow the same curriculum as their peers. The school identifies pupils' needs early. Leaders' work with other services helps to ensure that they meet pupils' needs effectively.

The school has established an ambitious curriculum for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE). This is in the early stages of implementation. Pupils talk about issues such as relationships and consent with considerable maturity.

They learn how to stay safe online and in the community. However, some aspects of pupils' PSHE knowledge, such as knowledge of the fundamental British values, are less well developed. Pupils enjoy the extra-curricular activities available including a wide range of after-school clubs.

Opportunities include sports clubs, tournaments, singing and a dance club.

Those responsible for governance know the school well and provide appropriate challenge to leaders. The school benefits from the professional development provided by the trust.

Leaders take staff workload into account in their decision-making. Staff are proud to work at Kirkheaton.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subject areas, the school has not defined the most important knowledge that pupils, including those with SEND, need to remember. This means that pupils do not develop the subject knowledge they need for later learning. The school should make sure that subject leaders identify the knowledge and vocabulary that pupils will learn in each year group, including when this should be taught.

• Pupils do not have a secure understanding of some areas of the PSHE curriculum, such as the fundamental British values. This means that pupils are not prepared fully for life in modern Britain. The school should make sure that teachers have the training and support they need to implement the newly established PSHE curriculum effectively.

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