St Giles C of E Academy

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About St Giles C of E Academy

Name St Giles C of E Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Andrew Richard Grace
Address St Giles C of E Academy, Skinner Lane, Pontefract, WF8 1HG
Phone Number 01977794179
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 340
Local Authority Wakefield
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school St Giles Academy is a good and improving school.

The dedicated headteacher has led improvements in the quality of teaching, behaviour, pupils' outcomes and checks on pupils' progress. Governors and staff are highly motivated, share a clear vision about the school's future and have effectively supported the headteacher in bringing about positive changes. Children in early years make good progress.

Pupils make good progress, in all subjects, in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Outcomes at the end of Year 6 are in line with the national average in reading, writing, mathematics and English grammar, punctuation and spelling. School leaders an...d teachers know how well all pupils are learning and effectively support those who need to catch up if their learning slows down.

Teaching is good with well-planned activities that capture pupils' interest. Highly effective teaching assistants support the learning that pupils make and increase their progress in well-targeted sessions in and out of the classroom. Expectations for learning and behaviour are consistently high and pupils rise to and exemplify these expectations.

Pupils love learning and behave extremely well. Pupils say they are happy and feel safe. They are well mannered, friendly and show care and consideration towards each other.

The highly positive culture of the school and the broad curriculum make a positive contribution to pupils' personal development and help to prepare them for life in modern Britain. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all pupils are aware of, or confident in using the vocabulary specific to each subject to fully explain their knowledge, understanding and skills. Attendance is below that seen nationally and a minority of pupils have high levels of absence.

Across the school teachers do not consistently give pupils the opportunity to respond to comments on their work that would enable them to make even better progress. Ofsted_Logo_Black_RGBFull report

Information about this school

St Giles Church of England Academy is an average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage.

The proportion of pupils who are disabled or who have special educational needs is similar to the national average. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is similar to the national average. These pupils are eligible for support through the pupil premium.

The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are eligible for free school meals and looked after children. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students' progress and attainment. St Giles Church of England Academy converted to become an academy on 1 December 2013.

When its predecessor school, Pontefract St Giles Church of England Voluntary Aided Junior and Infant School, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to require improvement. The pre-school breakfast club was included as part of this inspection. There have been significant changes to teaching staff since the school became an academy.


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