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Shadsworth Infant School continues to be a good school.
What is it like to attend this school?
Smiling faces are the order of the day at Shadsworth Infants. Pupils are clearly happy in the school. They say their teachers are kind and good at looking after them.
Parents and carers agree. Teachers have high expectations of pupils' work and behaviour, and pupils respond well. They work hard in class and behave extremely well around the school.
Pupils enjoy learning about different things. Science lessons and school trips are particular favourites.
Pupils support and look after their friends.
They also know how important it is look after the world around them.... For example, older pupils have learned about climate change. This has encouraged them to care about issues such as the fate of polar bears.
School council members wear their bright yellow sweatshirts with pride. They take their role very seriously. They are proud of the fund-raising work they organised in support of a cancer charity.
Pupils feel safe in the school. They learn how to keep themselves safe, including when using the internet. Pupils are not worried about bullying.
They say that teachers are good at sorting out any problems that arise. Pupils very clearly trust the adults in the school. This is because leaders have created a warm and caring ethos.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
High-quality leadership is central to the school's success. Leaders have an ambitious curriculum. They can clearly explain how they designed it.
They know their local community very well. They understand the challenges that their pupils and families are facing every day. Leaders know that pupils need to develop their language skills and expand their vocabulary.
They give pupils memorable experiences that go beyond formal subjects. These help them to understand more about the world around them and to respect people's differences.
The geography curriculum is a good example of how leaders organise learning well.
Reception class children learn about their local community. In Year 1 they start to compare towns and countryside and look at local maps and aerial photographs. In Year 2, their learning moves on to look at maps of the world.
Leaders know that a few parts of the curriculum are not as well developed as this. Although pupils still enjoy their lessons in history, for example, the way the learning is ordered is not as well planned. This means that it is not as easy for pupils to build up their knowledge as it is in most subjects.
Pupils learn to read well. Leaders have made sure that reading is given a high profile in the school. They focus on developing pupils' language from the start.
Teachers do activities to build up the number of words pupils know. The curriculum for reading is well organised. It helps pupils to increase their knowledge as they move through the school.
Children in early years eagerly listen to stories and enjoy looking at books. Older pupils become keen readers. They develop their reading comprehension skills well and can confidently talk about the books they are reading.
Leaders have acted to ensure that more pupils reach the expected standard in the Year 1 phonics check. For example, staff are better trained in teaching phonics. Teachers more accurately check what pupils know.
This helps to make sure that phonics lessons are well planned. Any pupil falling behind in phonics gets help to catch up.
Mathematics is well planned.
Pupils develop and practise key skills. This helps them to get better at mathematics. They use their knowledge well to solve number problems.
Teachers check pupils' understanding effectively to make sure that they remember their learning.
Children get off to a flying start in the early years. Staff have a good knowledge of everything they teach.
They plan a range of interesting activities that children clearly enjoy. They quickly identify what children can do and what they need to learn next. This helps children to do well in all their areas of learning.
Staff have high expectations of pupils' behaviour. This is the case from the start of early years right up to Year 2. Young children learn quickly to play well together and to share.
Most pupils behave well in lessons, meaning that time for learning is not wasted.
Leaders take steps to look after staff's well-being. They manage teachers' workload well, for example by taking unnecessary tasks away from them.
Leaders and teachers work hard to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Teachers adapt their plans well. Skilled and well-trained teaching assistants give good support to pupils with SEND.
This makes a positive difference to their learning.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Staff know their pupils well.
Their training is up to date and staff are quick to spot any signs that may mean a pupil is worried.
Effective procedures are in place to record the information needed to keep pupils safe. Records show that leaders are quick to follow up any safeguarding issues.
They work well with other agencies to protect pupils from harm. This ensures that pupils and their families get the support they need.
The school's record of checks on the suitability of staff and volunteers at the school follows the government's guidance.
What does the school need to do to improve?
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Leaders have ensured that pupils benefit from a very well-planned and sequenced curriculum in most subjects. This, along with a well-thought-out range of activities and experiences outside the classroom, is succeeding in enabling pupils to build up their wider learning. However, this is not the case in a few subjects, including history.
Here, pupils' learning is not as consistently well sequenced, so their progression through the curriculum is not as secure. Leaders need to ensure that teachers are clear about what pupils need to know in these subjects and when.
When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.
This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.
Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.
This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged Shadsworth Infant School to be good on 4 June 2015.
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