Lyncrest Primary School

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About Lyncrest Primary School

Name Lyncrest Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Jemma Gillespie
Address Lyncrest Avenue, Northampton, NN5 5PE
Phone Number 01604751336
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 223
Local Authority West Northamptonshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy coming to Lyncrest. They say, 'It is a good school and there is a nice community feel.' Leaders have deliberately set about building this strong sense of community.

Pupils behave in a way that reflects the school values of being respectful, showing compassion and developing perseverance.

Pupils behave well because leaders and teachers have high expectations of them. Pupils like the 'good to be green' rewards system and know that poor behaviour has consequences.

If bullying occurs pupils know that teachers deal with it.

Leaders are ambitious and determined for all pupils to succeed. Disadvantaged pupils, and those with special educational... needs and/or disabilities (SEND), do well.

The 'face at the gate' every day is one of the ways staff get to know pupils and families. All staff work hard to understand pupils' needs. They make every effort to support them.

Pupils feel safe in school. Teachers make sure they know how to keep themselves safe out of school and when learning online. Supporting pupils' mental well-being has been a major consideration, particularly since the pandemic began.

Pupils play well together, respect difference and are tolerant of each other. They like opportunities to be librarians and school councillors. The school offers many before- or after-school clubs to nurture talent and broaden experiences.

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

Senior leaders are ambitious for all pupils to succeed. Precise identification of the school's needs has been a factor in securing rapid improvement in the provision for pupils. All staff know their roles and responsibilities in making the school better.

With support from the local authority, leaders set about writing a well-sequenced curriculum. This work moved at pace. The curriculum is now ambitious and, in some subjects, goes beyond the national curriculum.

Because of this, pupils are able to acquire a broad range of knowledge before they leave the school.

The detailed knowledge identified in the curriculum means teachers know what to assess. In some subjects, well-adopted teaching strategies help pupils to recall previous learning.

One pupil said: 'We use flashback 4 to help us remember and warm our brains up. We've just done it and my brain is really warm right now!' However, in some subjects, pupils cannot remember as clearly what they have been taught.

Teaching pupils to read is a priority.

Reading starts in nursery. Leaders ensure staff are experts, so pupils get appropriate support when they need it. Pupils have books that are well matched to their knowledge of phonics.

Parents and carers value the support they receive so they can help their child to learn to read. Pupils have access to a broad range of fiction and non-fiction books. Pupils say they like reading and know that it helps them learn new things.

Leaders develop and train staff well. They make sure all staff have the expertise to deliver the curriculum. Leaders consider staff well-being and have adapted policies to lighten workload.

As a consequence, staff morale is high.

Leaders give careful consideration to the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum. They know the community's needs and include these in their plans.

While the PSHE curriculum teaches fundamental British values, not all pupils understand their importance and the relevance to themselves. Pupils learn about a wide range of cultures and faiths.

Disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND do well.

Leaders ensure all staff are well trained so that they provide effective help and support. One parent spoke about the support their child with SEND received: 'Their outstanding efforts with my child has ensured remarkable progress, both academically and personally.' Comments like these are typical.

Pupils' attendance rates have varied before and after the various national lockdowns. However, leaders have raised expectations of parents and pupils. Leaders track pupils' attendance and take appropriate action to ensure pupils regularly attend school.

Pupils enjoy attending school and behave well during lessons and social times.

Parents and carers are supportive of the school. Leaders provide them with the information they need to support their children.

One parent said: 'We love Lyncrest. Staff are caring and push my daughter to expand her horizons. I cannot speak highly enough of the school, staff, children and wider community!'

Governors are aware of the school's strengths and its progress.

They understand their responsibilities and ensure leaders make the school better.

Provision in the early years foundation stage is a strength. Leaders are passionate and highly skilled.

Adults care about the children and build strong relationships. Children respond well to adults and collaborate with each other. Skilled adults check what children know and remember.

The curriculum is well sequenced so children develop a broad range of knowledge across the areas of learning. Activities are well planned and resourced.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Safeguarding systems are rigorous and robust. Staff are well trained and know how to report any concerns. Leaders regularly check records and respond quickly to concerns.

They are tenacious and make sure pupils and families receive the support they need. Leaders, including governors, make all appropriate checks on adults in the school.

Pupils know how the curriculum teaches them to keep themselves safe online.

They feel safe and know that adults will address any worries or concerns.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Pupils are aware of fundamental British values, but not all are aware of the significance to themselves and the community. As a consequence, some pupils make inappropriate comments.

Provision in school should place more importance on these values so they have greater prominence. This will help pupils recognise their importance and challenge others who do not respect these values. ? In some subjects, teachers are not checking rigorously what pupils know and remember.

As a result, in these subjects pupils are not remembering their learning. Strategies that have proved successful in other subjects should be considered as a means to checking what pupils have remembered in all subjects. This will support pupils in recalling previous learning so that they are able to know and remember more of the intended curriculum.

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