Lacewood Primary School

Name Lacewood Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 November 2014
Address Carr Head Lane, Bolton-on-Dearne, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S63 8DA
Phone Number 01709887750
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 303 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.7
Local Authority Barnsley
Percentage Free School Meals 23.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.6%
Persisitent Absence 8.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

Lacewood is a slightly larger than average-sized primary school. The very large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is above average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children that are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Since the last inspection, there have been considerable changes to the teaching staff. There has also been a slight increase in pupil numbers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher and other senior leaders are relentless in their drive to continually improve Lacewood. They, along with middle leaders and the governing body, have been pivotal in ensuring that the quality of teaching and achievement for all pupils continues to improve. From usually below and sometimes significantly below typical starting points, children’s learning in the early years gets off to a good start. They are taught well and make good progress. Between Years 1 and 6, pupils make good progress. By the end of Year 6, standards are above and sometimes significantly above average. Pupils are well prepared for secondary school. Achievement in reading is outstanding. Pupils demonstrate a love of books and read widely and often. Progress in writing and mathematics is good. Teaching is good. Staff work very well as a team. Expectations of what pupils can achieve are usually high. Provision to support disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is excellent. Pupils’ good behaviour and positive attitudes contribute effectively to their good progress. Pupils who find it difficult to control their actions are managed extremely well by staff. Pupils are extremely well cared for and say they feel safe in school. They have a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe. Parents are fulsome in their praise for the school. Strong and effective links ensure that relationships between home and school are extremely positive. The curriculum is extremely well planned and provides pupils with a range of exciting and stimulating experiences. Pupils have many opportunities to develop good social, moral, cultural and spiritual understanding. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In some year groups, pupils, especially the most able, are not always given hard enough work or moved on to harder work quickly enough. Pupils are not always given enough guidance on how to improve their work or given time to respond to teachers’ comments in marking. Achievement in mathematics, although good, lags behind that of reading and writing. Pupils’ progress is sometimes held back because misconceptions are not always identified as early as they could be. There are not always enough opportunities for pupils to use and apply their mathematical skills in practical problem-solving activities.