Moortown Primary School

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About Moortown Primary School

Name Moortown Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr David Roundtree
Address Shadwell Lane, Leeds, LS17 6DR
Phone Number 01132685915
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 211
Local Authority Leeds
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Main findings

Moortown is an outstanding primary school.

All pupils attain highly by the time they leave the school, having achieved outstandingly well both academically and in their personal and social skills. No pupils are left behind because they thrive in what they and their parents and carers typically describe as, 'a family' setting. Pupils are happy at school because they really enjoy learning and take great pride in their work.

Pupils of all ages relate exceptionally well with each other. A number of aspects of their personal development are outstanding, including the extent to which they feel safe, their behaviour, the contribution they make to the community and their spiritual, moral, social and ...cultural development. The main reason for the school's success is that its leaders have built well on a strong foundation, and there is no hint of complacency.

The governing body sets the tone with high expectations, ably supported by school managers. The whole staff works as an effective team, all pulling in the same direction. As a result, morale is high.

The care, guidance and support for each pupil are outstanding and this enables every boy and girl in Years 1 to 6 to achieve their potential. This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and those from all of the minority ethnic groups. It contributes very significantly to the outstanding achievement of all groups of pupils.

While pupils in Years 1 to 6 make outstanding progress, the satisfactory progress made by children in the Early Years Foundation Stage means that learning and progress across the school overall, is judged to be good. Pupils benefit from the outstanding curriculum. The contribution made by the non-teaching staff is enormous, both through the precisely targeted interventions given to individuals and the way the school uses their considerable expertise to teach subjects such as art and design, music, religious education and 'e-safety'.

The quality of teaching is good. Every teacher strives to set high expectations and all the pupils respond to this in lessons and in the way they conduct themselves. Staff are outstanding role models for pupils.

The school's systems for tracking pupils' progress are meticulous and effective. Provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage is satisfactory and limits children's learning and progress. Outstanding aspects of leadership and management include safeguarding procedures, partnerships with other schools and agencies and how the school promotes equality of opportunity.

Because of the school's outstanding outcomes, it provides excellent value for money. The school has good capacity to improve further. This is because of strong leadership at all levels as shown by the significant improvements in very many areas of its work as well as accurate school self-evaluation.

Capacity to improve is not outstanding because one important issue identified at the school's previous inspection, the provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage, has not been successfully addressed by the school's leadership and governance.

Information about the school

This is a smaller than the average-sized primary school situated a few miles to the north of Leeds city centre. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average, as is the number of pupils identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities, including those with a statement of special educational needs.

About 40% of the pupils are White British, while the remainder are from a number of minority ethnic heritages, a small minority of whom speak English as an additional language. About two thirds of pupils are boys, with some classes having a particularly high proportion. Since the previous inspection in 2007, there has been a significant turnover of teachers including at senior leadership level.

Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

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