|Name||Newton Bluecoat Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||14 November 2012|
|Address||School Lane, Newton-with-Scales, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 3RT|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||220 (54% boys 46% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||23.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||7.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||6.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is a below-average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil-premium funding (pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority) is below average. The school meets current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school has achieved many awards including Healthy Schools status.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils make good progress and achieve well, attaining above-average standards. Children get off to a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Teaching is consistently good with some aspects outstanding. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils are polite, very caring and say they feel very safe in school. They like school as shown by their above-average attendance. The headteacher, senior leaders and governing body have successfully focused over the last three years on improving the quality of teaching and raising achievement. As a result the school has improved considerably without losing its existing strengths. There is a very good range of activities for pupils to take part in before and after school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding. Pupils do not get enough chances to show they can get on with their own work and learn on their own. Some of the marking does not help pupils know how to move their work on to the next level. There are insufficient opportunities for pupils to improve their good writing skills by practising them in subjects such as history and geography. In the Early Years Foundation Stage there are many opportunities for children to develop their writing skills well in the classroom but far fewer in the outside area.