|Name||Medlar-with-Wesham Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||28 November 2012|
|Address||Garstang Road North, Wesham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 3DE|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||172 (56% boys 44% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.0|
|Percentage Free School Meals||18.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||14.5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is smaller than the average sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. About one sixth of the pupils are of Latvian or Russian family background and about half of them joined the school this term; eight are in the Reception class. All are learning English as an additional language; most of the youngest children speak no English. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for pupil premium (additional funding allocated for pupils in the care of the local authority or known to be eligible for free school meals) is below average. The proportion of pupils whose learning needs are supported at school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action, or with a statement of special educational needs, is also below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the previous inspection there have been significant changes in staffing. The former headteacher and acting deputy headteacher left in the summer of 2012. At present, there is an associate headteacher serving as headteacher on a temporary basis and two staff share the post of acting deputy headteacher. Class teachers in several classrooms are new to their current roles. One teacher started work at the school during the week of the inspection.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to school life are outstanding. They are eager to learn and their pride in the school constantly shines through. Pupils say they feel safe in school. Older pupils’ standards are above average. Children generally join the school with weaker skills than is usual for their age. Pupils make good progress. Teaching is good and some lessons are outstanding. Senior staff and governors lead the school with vision and vigour, which motivates the best efforts of staff and pupils. Effective systems for the management of teachers’ work and pupils’ progress are securing rapid improvement. Teaching and pupils’ achievement have improved since the previous inspection. Older pupils who are learning English as an additional language make rapid progress in response to very effective support. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding. Sometimes initial activities or teachers’ explanations take too long; sometimes the pace is not fast enough and sometimes teachers do not intervene soon enough to help pupils or challenge them further. Some very young children who have just joined the school and who speak no English have not yet developed the learning skills to pick up English rapidly without more support. Due to staffing difficulties in the past, some younger pupils are not as far ahead in mathematics as they should be.