|Name||Outwood Primary Academy Kirkhamgate|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||23 September 2014|
|Address||Brandy Carr Road, Kirkhamgate, Wakefield, WF2 0RS|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||192 (45% boys 55% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.6|
|Academy Sponsor||Outwood Grange Academies Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
Information about this school
This is a smaller than average sized primary school in which almost all pupils are White British. The school is part of the Outwood Grange Academies Trust. Outwood Primary Academy Kirkhamgate converted to become an academy on 1st March 2013. When its predecessor school, Kirkhamgate Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to require special measures. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils and, therefore, supported by the pupil premium funding is very small compared to the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. A well below average proportion of pupils are supported by school action. Similarly, the proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which are minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress at the end of Year 6. The school provides before- and after-school care for pupils. There is pre-school provision on site. This is not managed by the school’s governing body and is inspected separately.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The impact of leadership from the Principal and other senior leaders, since the school opened as an academy, has been immense. Their effectiveness is seen particularly in the management of teaching and learning which has driven up standards and progress at a rapid rate. Pupils are extremely keen to learn and are excited by the approaches to learning that teachers choose. Pupils feel very safe in school. Their behaviour is exemplary and attendance is above average. Teaching is consistently good and often better. Expectations are high. Pupils’ varying needs are catered for extremely well. Consequently, all pupils make rapid progress. Children are given an excellent start in the Reception class and many exceed expected levels in all they do in their readiness for Year 1. Attainment throughout the school has risen quickly and are above average. A high proportion of pupils achieve better than expected in reading, writing and mathematics. Standards in mathematics are particularly high. The school aims to bring writing standards to a similar level.