Morley Newlands Academy


Name Morley Newlands Academy
Website http://morleynewlands.leeds.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 16 January 2018
Address Wide Lane, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 8PG
Phone Number 01133231890
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 670 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.3
Academy Sponsor The Gorse Academies Trust
Local Authority Leeds
Percentage Free School Meals 21.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.8%
Persisitent Absence 10.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Morley Newlands Academy is a larger than average primary school catering for a community that is largely White British. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils in the school is above average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is also above average. The proportion that have a statement of SEN or an education, health and care plan is below average. There is a 78-place nursery on the school site. The school is part of The Gorse Academies Trust. Members of the trust sit on the local governing body of this school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The principal leads the school with a clear moral purpose. He is determined that every pupil will do well. He works methodically and energetically to ensure that this is the case. Pupils are impeccably behaved. They love coming to school. They thrive on the rich diet of learning, challenge and care that the school now provides. Pupils are very polite, kind and aware of the needs of others. They are very well prepared for the next steps in their learning. The curriculum is rich and varied. It is underpinned by a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. The curriculum is expertly and imaginatively taught. Its effect on pupils is rigorously assessed by staff who are constantly seeking to improve. Across the school, pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, make sustained and strong progress. Leaders have addressed the past weaknesses in progress that resulted from historically inconsistent teaching. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities make very strong progress from their starting points. This aspect of the school’s work is very well led. The governing body has a very clear view about its strategic role. It balances this with detailed knowledge of the school and its role in the community. Governors are very capable and effective in holding the principal to account. The school is very effectively supported by The Gorse Academies Trust. Leaders make sure that safeguarding arrangements are effective and that all the necessary procedures are in place and rigorously applied. Pupils feel safe. All staff are carefully and regularly trained to keep them up to date in how to keep children and pupils safe. Pupils’ development and well-being are very well supported and pupils are taught to be considerate and confident. High-quality provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development supports this. Reading is now a strength of the school. Leaders have acted swiftly and effectively so that there is now a culture of skill in, and love of, reading. The early years provision is very well led. Teaching is outstanding. Children are safe and happy and their well-being is nurtured carefully. This approach gets children off to a flying start in their school careers.