Robins Lane Community Primary School

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About Robins Lane Community Primary School

Name Robins Lane Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Nichola Tomkow
Address Kinmel Street, St Helens, WA9 3NF
Phone Number 01744678503
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 223
Local Authority St. Helens
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Over the last two years, Robins Lane Primary School has been changing for the better. Many parents and carers recognise and appreciate the improvements that have been made.

School leaders, at all levels, have transformed the school. They are passionate and determined to help pupils succeed. Everyone believes in the school's motto of 'Aim High, Fly High.'

The school is a welcoming environment in which pupils feel well cared for, happy and safe. Everyone at Robins Lane lives and breathes the school's values. They are part of pupils' daily experience.

Pupils enjoy positive relationships with staff.

The curriculum inspires pupils to be the bes...t that they can be. Pupils behave well and respect people's differences.

They are kind and sensitive to each other's needs. If bullying occurs, teachers deal with it swiftly.

Teachers have high expectations.

They expect pupils to work hard and 'never give up'. They learn through a well-thought-out, broad and exciting curriculum. They produce work of high quality across the curriculum in art, design and technology, history and geography.

It is a good place to learn.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Governors, leaders and staff have an accurate understanding of the school's strengths and the priorities for development. They are fully focused on continuing to improve.

Leaders are clear about what pupils should achieve across all subjects and they check that this is happening in school.

Pupils learn about a wide range of subjects. The curriculum is broad and interesting.

Leaders have designed the curriculum well so that pupils build on what they have already learned. Teaching in the school helps pupils to know more and remember more. This enables them to succeed in their next steps in education.

Robins Lane helps pupils develop into active, considerate citizens of the world. For example, the pupils who act as road safety officers saw that their crossing was not working. With the help of staff, they wrote to the council to get it fixed.

Pupils understand their school values. However, pupils are not as clear as they could be about how they relate to fundamental British values.

Pupils told inspectors they enjoyed visiting places of worship and exploring Liverpool.

Teachers link these visits closely to what pupils are learning in the national curriculum. This helps to deepen pupils' understanding.

Pupils who spoke to us said that they enjoy coming to school.

Their attendance has improved in the last two years. They are proud of their school and are keen to learn. Pupils talk to each other with enthusiasm about what they are learning.

Their good behaviour supports their learning.

The reading curriculum is well organised. Teachers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

They focus on developing pupils' fluency and understanding. They also work on increasing the range of words that pupils know. Pupils have exciting and interesting books to read.

Teachers ensure that pupils have access to a wide range of texts to deepen their knowledge of other subjects. Children and younger pupils are taught phonics from the start of school. Books are matched well to children's and pupils' reading skills so that they can practise the sounds they have been learning in class.

In the last two years, the school's national test results have improved. This is because of leaders' actions and the positive impact they are having on pupils' achievement. Pupils in key stage 1 attained as well as other pupils across the country in reading, writing and mathematics.

In key stage 2, the results for writing and mathematics improved in 2019. Governors, leaders and teachers are taking action to further improve pupils' achievement in reading by the time they leave Year 6.

In the early years, leaders have planned an interesting and ambitious curriculum.

They focus on children's language, communication and mathematics from the moment that they start in the Nursery class. Teachers have good subject knowledge. They give children plenty of opportunities to develop well across all areas of learning.

They mostly use a wide range of resources to help to build children's knowledge and spark their interest. The majority of children are ready for Year 1 by the time they leave Reception.

All pupils, from the Nursery class to Year 6, have access to the whole curriculum.

This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. These pupils get extra help to match their needs. Nobody misses out on learning the full curriculum.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders are very good at identifying, helping and supporting vulnerable children and their families. Staff are aware of the procedures that they should follow if they have a concern about a pupil.

Any concerns are documented and evidenced appropriately. The safeguarding team shares information effectively with external organisations so that pupils get the support that they need.

Appropriate checks are made on the adults who work in and visit the school.

Governors are aware of and fulfil their statutory safeguarding duties. Keeping children and pupils safe is of the highest priority at Robins Lane.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Attainment for pupils in national assessments is improving as a result of leaders' swift and effective actions.

However, in some key areas, it is still below the national average, particularly in reading in key stage 2. Leaders need to ensure that planned actions in reading lead to continued improvement in pupils' achievement in the national tests and assessments to reflect the good work that is currently going on in school. .

Pupils have an excellent understanding of their school values and what they mean to them. At present, they do not relate these values as effectively as they could to some aspects of fundamental British values, despite leaders planning to incorporate them into a considered curriculum. Teachers and leaders need to ensure that pupils understand how their values and experiences in Robins Lane connect and interrelate to the full range of fundamental British values.

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