|Name||Mersey Park Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Address||Elm Road, Higher Tranmere, Birkenhead, CH42 0PH|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||460 (51.5% boys 48.5% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.4|
|Percentage Free School Meals||52.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||5.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||20.9%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (13 March 2019)
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Information about this school
The school is larger than most other primary schools. Children attend the Nursery part time or full time. Children attend the Reception classes full time. One pupil is dual registered with a local authority nurture base. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is more than double the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is high. A private provider located on the school site provides a before-and-after-school club. This provision is inspected separately by Ofsted. The headteacher provides advice and support for a number of other schools on behalf of the local authority.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The inspirational headteacher, very ably supported by other senior leaders, provides exceptional leadership for the highly committed, well-trained staff. All leaders, staff and governors are dedicated to achieving the highest academic outcomes and standards of care for every pupil. High-quality, innovative teaching actively engages pupils in their learning. As a result, pupils make outstanding progress from their starting points in all curriculum areas. Disadvantaged pupils receive excellent personal, social, emotional and academic support. Achievement is strong as a result. A vibrant, well-organised and enriched curriculum is closely matched to the needs and interests of pupils. Leaders use their precise understanding of the needs of each pupil to refine and adapt learning to ensure pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make the best possible progress. Teaching assistants’ support of individual pupils and small groups is highly effective. Parents and carers hold highly positive views of the care and support provided for their children. Behaviour is exemplary. Pupils are happy and feel safe in this highly inclusive school. Pupils of all ages display a thirst for knowledge. They work hard and strive continually to do their best. Many make a real contribution to school life through a range of responsibilities. Highly committed governors are closely involved in the life of the school. They use their considerable expertise to provide strong support and challenge for school leaders. The school has successfully encouraged a love of reading through many innovative strategies. As a result, pupils’ vocabulary has improved impressively and makes a strong contribution to their writing skills. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. An exciting range of opportunities widen pupils’ horizons effectively. Arrangements for safeguarding are extremely effective. Pupils thrive in the safe, nurturing environment provided. Attendance has risen sharply due to the concerted efforts of pupils, parents and staff. Children make superb gains in learning throughout the early years due to high-quality teaching. However, the resources in the Nursery learning environment require further enrichment to match those in Reception.