Moorlands Primary School

Name Moorlands Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Moorlands Road, Mount, Huddersfield, HD3 3UH
Phone Number 01484655800
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 630 (50.3% boys 49.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.9
Local Authority Kirklees
Percentage Free School Meals 9.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.3%
Persistent Absence 3.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (28 January 2015)
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Information about this school

Moorlands Primary School is much larger than the average-sized primary school. Early years provision is full time. The majority of pupils come from White British backgrounds. The proportion from minority ethnic backgrounds is higher than average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those eligible for the pupil premium, is below average. Pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in mathematics and English by the end of Year 6. There have been significant changes in teaching staff and leadership since the previous inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children in the early years make good progress and are well prepared for the step up to Year 1. Pupils make outstanding progress in Key Stage 1 and standards reached in Year 2 are well above national averages. Key Stage 2 pupils make good progress. By the end of Year 6, standards are above average, especially in reading and mathematics. Teaching is typically good with some that is outstanding. Teachers have high expectations for all pupils and provide motivating lessons that interest them and help them to learn. Highly skilled teaching assistants support the good learning of individuals and small groups of pupils inside and outside the classroom. Behaviour is good in lessons both inside and outside the classroom. This is a happy school where pupils feel safe and enjoy coming to school. Pupils are well mannered, polite, wear their uniform with pride and enjoy holding positions of responsibility. Attendance is good and punctuality is excellent. The exciting curriculum and studies linked to the natural world make a strong contribution to the personal development of pupils. This is positively supporting pupils’ preparation for life in Britain today. The headteacher and senior staff are relentless in seeking to improve the school. This is seen in recent improvements in the teaching of reading, mathematics, the development of marking and the careful tracking of the progress that pupils are making. Governance is a strength of the school. The governing body knows the school well and actively supports and challenges school leaders to continue to improve further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils in Key Stage 2 do not consistently make as much progress or attain as highly in writing as they do in reading and mathematics. Pupils’ use of practical resources to aid their understanding of mathematical concepts and develop problem-solving skills is not yet consistent across all classes. Procedures to encourage all parents of children in early years to contribute to the ‘learning journeys’ of their children are not fully developed.