Newlaithes Infant School

Name Newlaithes Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 November 2017
Address Langrigg Road, Newlaithes Infant School, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 6DX
Phone Number 01228525756
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 208 (51% boys 49% girls)
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 6.3%
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

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Newlaithes is smaller than the average-sized infant school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is well below average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have and/or disabilities is above average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher leads the school with strength, vision and compassion. Since the previous inspection, she has successfully maintained a strong focus on improving the quality of teaching and raising pupils’ achievement. The governing body is strong. Governors know the school well, including its strengths and weaknesses. They provide effective support and challenge to senior leaders to bring about improvements. Pupils achieve overall outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 2 which compare favourably with the national average. Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities make good progress because of the focused support they receive from staff. Nursery and Reception provision is good and improving. Leadership is strong and children progress well. They learn much from well-planned teaching, including learning outdoors. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding and they are keen to learn. They are polite, courteous and respectful to each other and adults. Provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a significant strength. As a result, pupils enjoy coming to school. Parents regard the school and its staff highly. They say that children behave well and are safe and secure because all staff place a very strong emphasis on keeping them safe. The vast majority of teaching, learning and assessment practice is strong. However, some teachers do not always match tasks carefully to the differing needs of pupils who need to catch up. Although standards have improved, pupils who need to catch up do not always make strong enough progress in writing. The monitoring role of new middle leaders is at an early stage of development. As a result, they do not always contribute consistently to improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Overall, pupils’ attendance has improved since the last inspection and is now above the national average.