Lostock Primary School

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About Lostock Primary School

Name Lostock Primary School
Website http://www.lostock.bolton.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Vicki Guest
Address Glengarth Drive, Lostock, Bolton, BL6 4PS
Phone Number 01204333733
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 209
Local Authority Bolton
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils at this school are kind, successful and happy. They shine in the many different roles and responsibilities that the school encourages them to hold.

Pupils thrive in the knowledge that they are valued members of the 'Lostock family'.

Pupils know that the school expects the very best of their conduct and for their academic achievement. Pupils readily rise to meet these high expectations.

From the early years to Year 6, most pupils achieve extremely well, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Pupils are incredibly proud of their school. They said that they relish attending each day.

Pupils have a thir...st for learning new information and broadening their knowledge. They demonstrate exemplary behaviour to each other and towards adults. Pupils show genuine interest in the opinions of others.

They have high levels of respect and tolerance towards people from different backgrounds to themselves.

The school provides an exceptional programme to develop pupils' learning beyond the academic curriculum. Pupils benefit from taking part in character development sessions and outdoor learning experiences.

The school ensures that pupils make highly effective use of its purpose-built science, technology, engineering and mathematics facility, which helps to prepare pupils for future learning.

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

The school ensures that pupils learn from the carefully crafted curriculum. It has purposely ordered the small steps of knowledge that pupils will learn from the beginning of the Reception Year to the end of Year 6.

The school has placed a deliberate focus on developing pupils' knowledge of vocabulary. Over time, most pupils, including those with SEND, build a rich and secure body of knowledge.

Pupils benefit from the school's precise and consistent approach to delivering the curriculum.

Staff choose appropriate activities that help pupils to learn well. Staff routinely revisit pupils' prior learning within lessons and during specifically tailored days to revisit learning from previous years. This enables pupils to embed important information into their long-term memory.

They draw on this for their future learning. Staff check that pupils are learning the intended curriculum well. They quickly address any misunderstandings that pupils develop.

This ensures that pupils build a deep and rich body of subject knowledge across a range of subjects.

The school cultivates pupils' love of reading. Pupils read from a wide range of high-quality texts written by different authors.

Pupils hold articulate, thoughtful conversations about their favourite texts.

From the outset, skilled staff help children in the Reception Year to make a swift start in learning to read. They make sure that pupils who are not keeping up with the intended pace of the phonics programme receive timely support.

The school ensures that pupils read from books that contain the sounds that they already know. This helps pupils to learn to read with confidence and to develop into fluent and accurate readers.

The school has effective strategies in place to identify and support pupils with SEND.

It sees each pupil as an individual and places high priority on providing the correct support to help pupils with SEND to achieve well. This includes by liaising with external professionals and providing pupils with a range of therapeutic services.

Pupils' behaviour is excellent.

There is a culture of mutual respect across the school. During lessons, pupils concentrate on their learning and work cooperatively together. The school makes sure that pupils attend regularly so that they fully benefit from the superb learning opportunities.

Where families need assistance, the school offers a range of support. Staff analyse attendance information thoroughly to fully understand how to continue to improve specific aspects of the school's approach.

The school's programme for personal development is exceptional.

It helps pupils to prepare well for life in modern Britain. For example, pupils visit institutes of higher learning and learn about financial management. The school provides pupils with a wealth of opportunities to develop their love of the arts and sports.

It places high emphasis on pupils' learning beyond the classroom. For example, the school's outdoor learning programme is designed to build on pupils' curriculum learning as well as enhancing broader skill sets, such as independence. Pupils have many opportunities to shine through the abundance of responsibilities that they can hold.

Staff are unanimously proud to be part of the school community. Governors are highly knowledgeable and effective in their roles. They understand how to challenge and support the school to achieve the best outcomes for pupils.

The school understands the impact that changes can have on staff's workload and well-being. As such, it has actively developed a range of well-being strategies to minimise the impact that any changes may have.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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