Newchurch-In-Pendle St Mary’s Church of England Primary School

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About Newchurch-In-Pendle St Mary’s Church of England Primary School

Name Newchurch-In-Pendle St Mary’s Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Pauline Nightingale
Address Spenbrook Road, Newchurch-in-Pendle, Burnley, BB12 9JP
Phone Number 01282612191
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 54
Local Authority Lancashire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

The school's Christian ethos is well embedded into all aspects of school life. Pupils love coming to school. They get to know each other well and build strong friendships.

Staff have high expectations of pupils. There is a focus on developing pupils' life-long love of learning. Pupils take great pride in their work.

Relationships between pupils and staff are strong. Teachers ensure that pupils have the resilience and determination to keep trying when they find things difficult.

Pupils and staff worked together to put in place a new behaviour policy.

Pupils behave exceptionally well. They listen carefully to one another in lessons. They play well toge...ther during breaks.

Pupils told inspectors that bullying and name-calling does not happen. This is evident in the records that leaders keep. Pupils said that teachers are fair.

Pupils enjoy taking on extra responsibilities. Many contribute to the school council. Pupils feel safe in school.

They learn how to keep safe in the wider community outside school. Pupils are adamant that it is not safe to make friends online.

Pupils enjoy the many after-school sports and clubs.

They like going on trips and visits that enhance the curriculum. Parents and carers speak highly of the dedication of the staff.

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

With support from an external consultant, the headteacher and subject leaders have planned the curriculum well.

Together, they have considered the skills and knowledge that they want pupils to learn. They use what pupils already know to plan the next stages of learning. Pupils enjoy their lessons.

Through the multi-academy trust, teachers receive effective training to help them lead their subject areas. The headteacher and teachers work as a team to check the quality of work in pupils' books. Teachers make lessons interesting.

Pupils' work is of a high standard. Pupils remember details of their learning both from this academic year and earlier. Their knowledge and skills in English, geography, science, music, art and design, and physical education (PE) are particularly strong.

Pupils' written and mental arithmetic are strong. Staff are developing more opportunities for problem-solving. Leaders are providing additional training to develop teachers' confidence in subjects including computing and modern foreign languages.

The headteacher has placed reading as a top priority. Specialist training ensures that staff teach phonics well. As soon as children start in Reception, they start to learn letters and the sounds that they make.

Teachers help parents to support their children's reading beyond school. All pupils achieved the expected standard in the Year 1 phonics screening check in 2019. This is the norm.

Teachers ensure that pupils' reading books match the sounds that pupils have learned. Teachers quickly identify if pupils start to struggle. Staff provide extra help when this is the case.

Leaders ensure that pupils have a variety of books to choose from. Pupils develop a love of reading. They leave school as competent and enthusiastic readers.

The early years curriculum meets the needs and interests of the children. Topics and themes link well to different areas of learning. Staff encourage children to explore and ask questions.

Children develop a sense of curiosity. They learn how to work confidently with minimum direction. Children enjoy counting and writing.

Children develop their social and communication skills through a broad range of activities. In 2019, all children achieved a good level of development by the end of their Reception Year.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) access the full curriculum and achieve well.

They receive high levels of support from well-trained staff, and when necessary from external agencies.

Pupils' conduct is exemplary. They are extremely polite, respectful and caring of one another.

Pupils told inspectors that bullying 'does not happen here' and that 'We are all friends.' Pupils work really well together in class. They take great pride in their school and the important role they play in contributing to the local community.

Attendance rates are consistently higher than those seen nationally.

Pupils have an excellent understanding of other cultures and religions. They develop skills to become active citizens.

For example, pupils raise funds for several national charities. 'Prayer warriors' have recently been praying for those living in Iraq and Australia. Pupils enjoy learning new sports.

They have a strong understanding of how to keep healthy. Older pupils have aspirations for careers in acting, teaching and as an astronaut.

Governors and trustees know the school well.

They are ambitious for the school to improve further. Governors are knowledgeable about the achievement of pupils. A member of the governing body has recently been appointed to focus on teachers' workload and well-being.

This work is at an early stage of development. The multi-academy trust has recently instigated one-to-one termly counselling sessions to support staff well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have made safeguarding a priority. Staff have received appropriate support to help them carry out their duties. Staff, including those employed through agencies, are vigilant and alert to signs of abuse and neglect.

Leaders work with external agencies to safeguard pupils. Vulnerable pupils and their families receive timely and appropriate levels of support.

Pupils know who to go to if they are worried about anything.

Teachers provide training for pupils on keeping safe when using technology. Staff organise visits from professionals, such as the police, to highlight keeping safe in the community.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

The headteacher and subject leaders have successfully implemented a new curriculum where each subject is taught discretely.

Leaders should ensure that foundation subject leaders and teachers receive support to embed the recent changes they have made to the curriculum. They need to ensure that all foundation subjects are taught to the same high standard as geography, science, music, art and design, and PE. .

Governors know the staff well through regular visits to the school. Governors are at an early stage in planning a structured approach to monitoring the views of staff in relation to their workload and well-being. Governors need to agree a mechanism to gather the views of staff.

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