|Name||Norman Street Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||20 November 2018|
|Address||Norman Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2BQ|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||352 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.5|
|Percentage Free School Meals||11.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||8.5%|
|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.