Norman Street Primary School

Name Norman Street Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 November 2018
Address Norman Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2BQ
Phone Number 01228210168
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 352 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.5
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 11.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.5%
Persisitent Absence 5.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The current headteacher has joined the school since the previous inspection. The school is larger than average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below average. An above-average proportion have an education, health and care plan. The school is active in the Carlisle South Primary Association. The school has breakfast and after-school clubs, which are managed by the governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school has improved significantly in the last two years under the successful leadership of the headteacher. Governors, leaders and staff at all levels work together constructively. They are enthusiastic and have high ambitions for pupils. Children get off to a good start in the Reception classes. They benefit from good teaching and interesting activities. They play and work together happily and enthusiastically. Consistently good teaching, based on accurate assessment, supports pupils to make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils’ attainment in national assessments has risen considerably as a result. The teaching of investigative, reasoning and problem-solving skills is a particular strength. Staff are keen to try out new ideas to improve pupils’ learning. A number of initiatives are in the early stages of their development and the impact of them on pupils’ outcomes is not yet clear. The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. There are thorough systems and clear lines of communication to keep pupils safe. The most vulnerable pupils are closely monitored. Relaxed and encouraging relationships support pupils to grow in confidence and self-esteem. Pupils say that they feel safe. Their behaviour is good in lessons and around the school. The curriculum is broad and teachers make lessons interesting for pupils. However, the curriculum is not as strong in history, geography, art and design and technology as it is in other subjects. Pupils’ knowledge and skills are not developed in enough depth in these subjects. Governors are well informed and provide effective support and challenge to leaders. Leaders across the school have a thorough understanding of the school’s key strengths and priorities for improvement. Plans to take the school forward are effective. There is strong capacity to sustain further improvements.