Moresby Primary School

Name Moresby Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 June 2014
Address School Brow, Moresby Parks, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 8UX
Phone Number 01946599765
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 118 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.1
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 10.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.4%
Persisitent Absence 3.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a much smaller than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. There are too few of these pupils in the school to be able to compare their performance against that of their peers through published data. The number of pupils in each year group is much lower than average and pupils are taught in mixed-age classes. There have been a number of pupils who have joined or left the school other than at the usual time. There have been changes to staffing in recent years. There were too few pupils in Year 6 in 2013 to report on the school’s performance against the government’s current floor standards which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Since the previous inspection, there have been significant improvements in the achievement of pupils and in the quality of teaching, as a result of the determined leadership by the headteacher supported by leaders throughout the school. Pupils’ achievement is now good. From their below average starting points on entry to the school, pupils in Year 6 reach above average standards in English and mathematics. The quality of teaching is consistently good and on occasion outstanding. Pupils really enjoy learning and, as a result, pupils of all abilities work very hard and achieve well. Behaviour is good. Pupils say that they feel very safe and happy in school. They are polite and courteous at all times and appreciate the caring environment created by the school. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is well developed and promoted effectively through a range of activities. The headteacher and leaders within the school are well supported by the governing body, whose members are fully involved in the school’s successful drive for improvement. Together, they are making sure that teaching and pupils’ achievement continue to improve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ achievement in subjects other than English and mathematics is not as good. Teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve in these subjects are not as high and the assessment of pupils’ work is not as rigorous. Standards in spelling do not match those in writing. Pupils do not learn their spellings thoroughly enough, especially when they are given for homework.