Lydgate Junior School

Name Lydgate Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 November 2012
Address Manchester Road, Crosspool, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 5DP
Phone Number 01142669500
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 484 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.2
Local Authority Sheffield
Percentage Free School Meals 5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.5%
Persisitent Absence 1.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. The proportion of pupils supported by school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is above average. The proportion of pupils that speak English as an additional language is well above average. Both proportions have increased since the school was last inspected. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils of all abilities, including those who speak English as an additional language, make good progress. They leave Year 6 with standards in reading, writing and mathematics that are consistently above average. The overall quality of teaching is good. Teaching is sometimes outstanding. Teachers make certain that pupils are clear about precisely what they are to learn and how they can improve their own work. The pupils’ behaviour is excellent. They are thoughtful and considerate to each other and respect their teachers. Attendance is high. Pupils are proud of their school. They benefit from many opportunities to take part in high quality musical, sporting and artistic activities. Parents hold the school in high regard and appreciate the care and support their children receive. The headteacher and senior leadership team set a clear direction for the school’s development and pursue it with rigour and enthusiasm. They are well supported by the governing body. Procedures to check and improve the quality of teaching are particularly effective. As a result, the school has continued to improve pupils’ achievement since the last inspection and is well placed to continue to improve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a few lessons, pupils do not have enough opportunity to use their own initiative or organise and manage their own work. Pupils do not make full use of information and communication technology (ICT) to help their learning in different subjects.