Normanton Common Primary Academy

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About Normanton Common Primary Academy

Name Normanton Common Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Courtenay Walls
Address Castleford Road, Normanton, WF6 1QU
Phone Number 01924890576
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 344
Local Authority Wakefield
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher's vision, passion and drive have led to improvements in the learning environment, behaviour and the quality of teaching and learning. Strategic appointments of new senior and middle leaders have strengthened the capacity for further improvement.

The trust and the governors on the school's academy standards committee provide effective support and challenge for school leaders. Teachers' good subject knowledge and effective questioning engage pupils, stimulate their learning and enable them to make good progress. On occasion, teaching is not precise enough about what pupils should learn.

At times, the most able do not have en...ough challenge. The school is a calm and orderly environment which is conducive to learning. Pupils behave well around the school and in lessons.

The pastoral team provides effective support for pupils with additional needs. Dedicated work has improved attendance during this school year. Pupils have good opportunities to develop their emotional, mental and physical health.

Pupils make good progress because teaching is effective. Higher- and middle-ability pupils at the end of key stage 2 consistently make strong progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Attainment in reading at the end of key stage 1 has increased to above the national average, due to the improved provision for reading.

However, the progress of weaker early readers has not been as strong. The proportion of Year 1 pupils that met the required standard in phonics was below the national average in 2018. Children develop well in the early years because of effective leadership, good teaching and the well-planned use of resources and activities.

In 2018, the proportion of children that reached a good level of development was above the national average. The small outdoor provision in Reception limits the range of activities for children. Leaders and the trust have not ensured that the curriculum for subjects other than English and mathematics is well developed, including teaching about the diversity of cultures and religions in modern Britain.

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average.

The proportion of pupils with SEND who receive support is average. The proportion of pupils who have an EHC plan is above average. The school offers part-time Nursery places for mornings or afternoons.

The school provides a breakfast club. The headteacher joined the school in 2016. The school joined the Waterton Academy Trust in 2015.

The board of trustees has a CEO who leads the trust. The trust board is the responsible body. The governors on the school's academy standards committee act in an advisory capacity.

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