Mab’s Cross Primary School

Name Mab’s Cross Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 June 2014
Address Standishgate, Wigan, Lancashire, WN1 1XL
Phone Number 01942749200
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 479 (58% boys 42% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.7
Local Authority Wigan
Percentage Free School Meals 10%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.8%
Persisitent Absence 4.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is larger than most primary schools. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is slightly above the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is just below that usually found. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium (additional funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority) is below the national average. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. 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. A substantial building programme has recently been completed and four teachers have joined Mab’s Cross since the previous inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. From low starting points, most children make good progress across the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils achieve well so that by the time they leave Year 6 they reach standards which are just above the national average in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching is good overall and some teaching is excellent. Since the previous inspection, there have been improvements in the way reading, writing and mathematics is taught. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is good. Pupils are considerate and courteous towards each other and the adults around them. Pupils feel safe in school and are kept safe by staff who care for them. The curriculum meets the needs of pupils well and there is an effective programme to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The headteacher has a clear view of how successful the school can be. She is well supported by the deputy headteacher, school leaders, staff and a committed governing body. Since the previous inspection, school leaders have quickly improved the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement are not yet outstanding because : there are occasions when the most able pupils are not effectively challenged and do not learn as much as they could. Teachers do not always insist that pupils complete their corrections so that they can learn from their mistakes. School leaders do not always check quickly enough that their actions are having a consistently positive impact on raising standards or that the exemplary practice that exists at the school is adopted in all classes. The governing body does not challenge school leaders effectively enough because it relies too much on the information that they provide.