Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary School

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Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary School


Name Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 10 February 2015
Address Broadway, Swinton, Mexborough, South Yorkshire, S64 8HF
Phone Number 01709874418
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 364 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.1
Academy Sponsor White Woods Primary Academy Trust
Local Authority Rotherham
Percentage Free School Meals 16.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.4%
Persisitent Absence 6.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium has increased to above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. Early years provision is full time for children in the Reception class and part-time for the children in Nursery Year. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. There have been significant changes in teaching staff and in the leadership team since the previous inspection. The school provides a breakfast club. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The dynamic headteacher has acted with decisiveness to bring about rapid improvement across the school. Pupils’ progress, the tracking of that progress and the quality of teaching, including marking, have all improved significantly. The governing body knows how well the school is doing. They actively improve their own skills and effectively support and challenge the school. Teaching is typically good with some that is outstanding. Marking is a strength as pupils’ reflect and act upon their teachers’ comments to further their learning and improve their work. Teachers and teaching assistants have high expectations for all pupils. Activities are well planned and meet the needs of pupils effectively. Children in the early years make good progress because they are taught well. They are carefully prepared for learning in Year 1. Pupils make good progress in Key Stage 1, especially in reading. Since the previous inspection, standards at the end of Year 2 have risen. In Key Stage 2, pupils are making good progress. Attainment at the end of Year 6 is in line with the national average in reading, writing and mathematics and is rising. The most able pupils are currently making rapid progress because they are regularly challenged to extend their learning. Behaviour is good in lessons, pupils enjoy coming to school. Attendance is above average and punctuality is exemplary. Pupils are extremely polite, helpful and courteous. They wear their uniform with pride and enjoy holding positions of responsibility. All pupils are well cared for and feel safe. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils who are currently in Key Stage 1 do not attain as highly in writing as they do in reading and mathematics. The teaching of the skills that enable strong progress in English grammar, punctuation and spelling is not yet consistently good across all year groups. As a result, attainment at the end of Year 6 is not as high as that in seen in other subjects.