Mount Primary School

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About Mount Primary School

Name Mount Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Zoe Byrne
Address Mount Pleasant Road, Wirral, CH45 5HU
Phone Number 01516303329
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 344
Local Authority Wirral
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Mount Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils love attending Mount Primary School. They enjoy learning. Pupils said that their teachers make lessons fun and are always happy to help them.

Pupils play happily together at breaktimes and lunchtimes. They know the qualities required to be a good friend. Pupils are unfailingly polite.

They listen to what their friends have to say and do not talk over them. Friendship ambassadors keep a close eye on their peers to check that they are happy.

Leaders have high expectations of pupils' behaviour and achievement.

Pupils try their best to live up to these expectatio...ns. They work hard. Pupils are motivated by the house points that they receive for their good behaviour.

They also know that their positive attitudes may see them selected as the secret student on any given day.

Pupils explained that if any name-calling or bullying occurs, it is quickly dealt with by teachers. Pupils said that if they are upset or worried, they can speak to any adults in school.

This helps pupils feel safe.

Pupils enjoy the different clubs that are available to them. They get to further develop their talents through the performing arts club and choir.

Pupils get to take on extra responsibilities such as school councillors. Older pupils spoke proudly of their recent enterprise project. They have used the profit from this activity to support a number of charities and to help pay for their upcoming school prom.

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

Leaders have designed an ambitious curriculum for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Subject leaders have ensured that the curriculum begins in the early years. Children are well prepared for their next stage of learning because of this.

Leaders support teachers to deliver the curriculum successfully. Teachers have good subject knowledge. This is helping pupils to achieve well.

In many subjects, pupils' previous learning is built on effectively. This is because teachers have a clear understanding of what pupils know and remember. For example, in mathematics, pupils in Year 4 explained how their learning about two dimensional and three dimensional shapes in previous years has helped them better understand their current work on geometry.

In some subjects, leaders' assessment procedures to check on what pupils know and remember are not effective enough. This means that teachers are less clear about the next steps that pupils need to take in their learning. At times, this prevents some teachers from building on pupils' prior knowledge as effectively as they could.

Leaders have remained focused on reading as a school priority. Pupils enjoy reading a range of different books. Leaders have carefully chosen books that give pupils a greater understanding of issues such as diversity and the importance of looking after the environment.

Staff have been well trained to deliver the phonics curriculum. Children learn phonics as soon as they enter the Reception class. Staff ensure that the books pupils read closely match the sounds that they are learning.

Any pupils who find reading more difficult are supported to catch up quickly. Consequently, pupils develop into confident, fluent readers.

Leaders have established systems to help them quickly identify the needs of pupils with SEND.

Teachers are skilled in adapting their delivery of the curriculum where required. This enables pupils with SEND to access the same curriculum as their peers. Leaders also work with a range of external professionals to ensure that pupils with SEND receive the help that they need.

Pupils display positive learning behaviours. They listen to their teachers carefully. Children in the Reception classes maintain focus on the tasks that they need to complete.

Pupils across the school are motivated and productive. Pupils can work without interruption because low level disruption is not tolerated.

Leaders have used the curriculum and a range of visitors to help pupils learn how to keep themselves mentally healthy.

Pupils know a range of strategies to maintain their confidence and resilience. They understand the importance of not giving up when they find tasks difficult. Pupils are tolerant of others in society.

They know the importance of equality.

Governors have a well informed and accurate view of the school's performance. They support and challenge school leaders to ensure that the needs of all pupils are being met.

Leaders and governors are mindful of the workload and well-being of school staff. Staff appreciate the actions that leaders have taken to help maintain their work life balance.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have ensured that staff are well trained. This training enables staff to identify any pupils who may be at risk. Teachers are clear about the importance of reporting any concerns quickly.

Leaders and the family support worker liaise with a range of external agencies to access additional support for vulnerable pupils and their families.

Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe. Teachers use the curriculum to help pupils understand the dangers that can be present online.

Pupils have been taught an age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, assessment procedures are not as effective as they could be. Teachers are less well informed about the knowledge that pupils know and remember.

This sometimes stops teachers from building on pupils' prior knowledge. Leaders should ensure that assessment procedures are further refined to enable teachers to better identify pupils' prior knowledge so that pupils build on what they know and can do.Background

When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called a section 8 inspection of a good or outstanding school, because it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection as a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the second section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good in February 2017.

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