Methley Primary School

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About Methley Primary School

Name Methley Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Sallie Elliott
Address Savile Road, Methley, Leeds, LS26 9HT
Phone Number 01133206207
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 443
Local Authority Leeds
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

There is a happy and aspiring atmosphere in Methley Primary School.

It is calm and welcoming. Staff care about pupils and want them to achieve their best. Pupils are kept safe.

They know adults in school who they can talk to who will help them with their worries.

The school's values permeate the ambitious curriculum. Pupil 'value ambassadors' make sure that pupils know and understand the 'Methley magic 5' values of motivation, perseverance, communication, collaboration and respect.

Staff have high expectations for pupils' learning and behaviour. They make sure that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well supported an...d take an active part in school life.

Pupils know that it is fine for them to make mistakes and learn from them.

They learn what bullying is and what they should do if it occurs. Most pupils say that bullying is rare but they are confident that when it does happen, staff will sort it out.

Pupils are proud of their school.

They are polite and respectful. They enjoy a variety of trips and activities. They relish opportunities to represent the school through sporting events and positions of responsibility.

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

Leaders have implemented a well-sequenced curriculum. It builds pupils' knowledge and skills from the early years to Year 6 in a coherent way. Research into effective learning informs strategies for teaching.

Children in the early years benefit from an ambitious curriculum that is well matched to their needs. The content of the curriculum and the school's ethos support pupils' understanding of fundamental British values.

Leaders use effective methods to develop and improve teaching.

Subject leaders help teachers to understand what they need to teach and when, in all subjects. Teachers use a range of strategies to check that pupils understand and remember what they are taught. Pupils can recall and talk about their learning in different subjects.

For example, in geography, pupils can describe key features of rivers, mountains and volcanoes. Pupils use mathematical knowledge to support their map-drawing skills.

Teachers ensure that pupils with SEND can access the curriculum.

They skilfully adapt work for these pupils. They provide extra support and resources when needed.

Teachers model reading skills well.

Children develop a love of reading from their first days at the school. There are creative opportunities for children to develop their communication and language skills. Leaders have revised their approach to the teaching of phonics.

This is in the early stages of implementation. Teachers are well trained and knowledgeable. Leaders are ensuring that the books pupils read accurately match the sounds they know.

Teachers are quick to spot pupils who need more help with reading. These pupils receive extra teaching and support.

Leaders keep a close eye on the attendance of all pupils.

They take appropriate actions to promote the importance of regular attendance. Pupils' attendance is improving following the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The persistent absence of some groups of pupils remains too high.

The curriculum supports pupils' personal development well. Pupils take part in a range of extra-curricular clubs and charity fundraising events. At lunchtime, they have great fun dressing up in clothes from the lunchtime dressing up box.

They can take up positions of responsibility, including as members of the school council and sports leaders. Leaders ensure pupils receive relationships and sex education (RSE) at an age-appropriate level. Pupils learn about the importance of respect for those with protected characteristics.

They learn good mental and physical health. The curriculum teaches pupils about diversity. They learn about different faiths and cultures.

However, pupils do not have enough opportunities to experience different cultures and develop their understanding of different faiths.

Leaders provide good-quality professional development for staff to improve the quality of education for pupils. Staff welcome the support from leaders for their welfare and workload.

They are proud to work at the school. They value the opportunities to work with other schools within the trust, to share good practice.

Governors and trustees provide leaders with appropriate challenge and support.

They check the work of leaders to improve the school and the impact on pupils. Trust leaders provide valuable training and support for leaders and staff. For example, they have helped subject leaders to develop the skills they need to lead their subjects well.

Most parents are positive about the school. Many consider that the school provides, as one parent put it, 'a nurturing and positive environment for children to learn'.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders make sure that staff are alert to the signs that could indicate a child may be at risk. The curriculum supports pupils to understand the ways that they can keep themselves safe. They know how to report any concerns they may have to a trusted adult.

Leaders act swiftly to respond to concerns raised by pupils or staff. They work with external agencies to get families the support they need.

Leaders know pupils and their families well.

They make frequent checks on the welfare of pupils who they identify may be particularly vulnerable.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Pupils learn about diversity and different faiths and cultures. However, pupils have limited opportunities to apply their knowledge and develop their understanding.

This means that they do not fully understand these aspects of life in modern Britain. Leaders should provide suitable opportunities for pupils to gain a broader understanding of diversity and different faiths and cultures. ? Ensuring pupils' regular attendance is an ongoing priority for leaders.

Too many pupils are, however, persistently absent from school. This means that some pupils miss valuable learning. Leaders should ensure that they continue to work to improve attendance for all groups of pupils, particularly those who are disadvantaged.

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