New Pastures Primary School

Name New Pastures Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Address Pitt Street, Mexborough, S64 0LT
Phone Number 01709583271
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 295 (46.4% boys 53.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Local Authority Doncaster
Percentage Free School Meals 18.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.4%
Persistent Absence 12.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (17 October 2018)
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Information about this school

Mexborough Pitt Street Infant School and Mexborough Doncaster Road Junior School amalgamated in January 2016 and New Pastures Primary School was opened. Mexborough Pitt Street Infant School was judged to be outstanding at its last inspection in June 2013. The school is similar in size to the average-sized primary school. About a third of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium additional funding, which is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who receive support for their SEN and/or disabilities is lower the national average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is lower than the national average. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The school runs a breakfast club. The early years consist of a Nursery and two Reception classes.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Since the amalgamation of the infant and the junior schools, school leaders and governors have worked hard to address the substantially lower than national average pupils’ outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of key stage 2. Pupils’ outcomes improved in 2018, but the progress that pupils make over their time in school is not consistently good. Inconsistencies in the quality of teaching and learning in key stage 2 remain. The good progress that pupils make in key stage 1 stalls when they enter key stage 2 and pupils struggle to catch up again by the end of Year 6. Leaders have identified a substantial difference in the achievement of boys and girls and know that they have more to do accelerate boys’ progress. Pupils in key stage 2 do not have enough opportunities to practise their skills in writing. They are not given clear enough direction in how to improve their work and expectations of what they can achieve are not consistently high. Pupils’ attendance has improved slowly over the last three years but is still below the national average. Some pupils are late to arrive at school and miss the important learning at the start of the day. Leaders have had much to do to improve the school and they make frequent checks on all aspects of the school’s work. However, plans and actions are not fully focused on the areas of teaching and learning that need the most rapid improvement. The school has the following strengths Strong leadership, particularly from the headteacher, is directing the changes needed to improve outcomes for pupils. Good teaching of phonics supports pupils well in developing their early reading skills. Pupils in key stage 1 apply their English and mathematics skills well in other subjects. Pupils’ conduct is good. They are keen to talk about and share their learning. Adults in early years make sure that children get a good start in developing their basic skills. Children enjoy their learning. Pupils are excited by, and develop their knowledge and skills in, a wide and varied curriculum.