Matthew Arnold Primary School

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About Matthew Arnold Primary School

Name Matthew Arnold Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Louise Evans
Address Dingle Lane, Liverpool, L8 9UB
Phone Number 01515390300
Phase Primary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 280
Local Authority Liverpool
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment that this school provides.

They enjoy coming to school. This is evident from their happy, smiley faces. Pupils have positive relationships with staff.

Pupils are cared for well. They feel listened to and valued. Pupils are respectful to each other and their teachers.

Pupils are keen to learn. They thrive because of the expertise and high expectations of adults at the school. Pupils, staff and leaders work together to promote the school's motto, 'Developing true potential'.

Pupils achieve well because leaders have improved the quality of education.

Pupils behave well in school. They s...upport each other in and out of class.

Pupils who we spoke to said that bullying is rare. They said that, if it does happen, it is addressed quickly by staff.

Pupils value the opportunity to eat their lunch and chat with staff at lunchtimes.

This promotes good eating habits and conversation.

Pupils told us that they feel safe. They know that they can talk to an adult if they have concerns.

Pupils benefit from a range of activities including sports, trips and visits, which extend their development.

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

Leaders have taken decisive action to improve the curriculum. They know the needs and interests of pupils well.

Leaders have thought carefully about what they want pupils to learn and the order in which units of study are taught. They have made sure that the curriculum gives pupils the opportunity to have new and interesting experiences. Pupils have responded to teachers' higher expectations.

As a result, pupils achieve well in a range of subjects.

Teachers are knowledgeable in the subjects that they teach. Curriculum plans provide pupils with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills as they move through the school.

The curriculum is particularly well planned in English, mathematics and art. Although improving, this is not the case in some subjects, such as computing and design and technology. In these subjects, planning is not as detailed, and pupils are not given the opportunity to study topics in depth.

Reading is given a high priority. Staff encourage a love of reading, and pupils are keen to learn. The phonics programme is well organised.

Early reading is taught as soon as children start in the Nursery class. Children have regular opportunities to practise their emerging knowledge of letters and sounds through stories and play activities. Time is dedicated every day to reading.

The school's library is well used. It has created a focal point in the school to promote a love of reading. Staff are quick to recognise if pupils need extra support with their reading skills.

The proportion of pupils meeting the phonics screening check in Year 1 has improved. Most pupils develop into fluent and confident readers. Pupils achieve well in reading by the end of key stage 2.

The indoor and outdoor provision for early years is well resourced and stimulating. The Nursery provides a wide range of opportunities for children to explore and to develop their physical skills. However, children in the Reception class are not able to build on this strong start well enough.

They do not have the same opportunities to extend their physical development in the outdoor provision.

Pupils behave well in and around the school. They are friendly and welcoming towards each other and adults.

Leaders have worked hard to improve pupils' attendance. Pupils enjoy receiving rewards for good attendance. Most pupils attend school regularly.

Pupils' personal development and well-being are central to the work of leaders and teachers. Pupils have many opportunities to develop their resilience through teambuilding and problem-solving activities. The school embraces and celebrates its diversity.

Pupils told us that they welcome everyone to their school.

Leaders and staff work closely with each other to ensure that the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are met. This includes those pupils who attend the resource-base provision.

Teachers adapt their plans carefully. Pupils with SEND are supported effectively and achieve well. Pupils are helped to recognise their feelings.

Staff help pupils to deal with negative emotions so that they can concentrate on their work.

Governors understand their roles well. They provide effective support and challenge to leaders.

This is helping the school to continue to improve. Leaders consider staff well-being and workload. Staff said that they are well supported and are proud to work at the school.

Parents and carers recognise the strong commitment of staff to their children. One parent commented, 'We are totally convinced of the way the staff bring all the visions and values to life every day.'


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

There is a strong culture of safeguarding in the school. Staff receive relevant training and are vigilant. They know what to do if they have any concerns about a pupil's safety.

There are clear systems for recording and reporting these concerns. Leaders work closely with other agencies to support vulnerable pupils and their families. Leaders are aware of the risks that are specific to the local area.

Pupils are taught to keep themselves safe in a range of situations, including when using the internet and social media.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Children in the Reception class do not have the same opportunities as children in Nursery to explore and develop their physical skills in the outdoor area. This hampers their physical development.

Leaders should ensure that the provision in the outdoor area for those children in the Reception class enables them to build on the positive start they have made to this aspect of their development during their time in the Nursery. . The curriculum is well planned.

However, in some subjects, such as computing and design and technology, pupils are not given the opportunities to study topics in depth. Leaders should review the curriculum planning for these subjects to ensure that sufficient account is taken of what pupils need to know and are able to do by the end of each topic. This will help pupils to know more and recall more when they revisit these subjects in later years.

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