Victoria Road Primary School

Name Victoria Road Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 November 2018
Address Victoria Road, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 5BN
Phone Number 01928574644
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 225 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.7
Local Authority Halton
Percentage Free School Meals 29.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.1%
Persisitent Absence 6.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is above the national average. The proportion of boys and girls in some classes varies considerably. The school has a small but increasing number of young carers. The proportion of pupils who are identified as having SEND has reduced and is now in line with the national average. The large majority of pupils are White British. There is a small proportion of pupils who are from a range of other backgrounds. A private provider provides breakfast and after-school clubs on the school site.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Senior leaders have brought about positive changes at the school in a short space of time because they are setting higher expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment. Outcomes for pupils at the end of key stage 1 and key stage 2 in reading, writing and mathematics rose in 2018. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Their needs are identified well and staff support these pupils to achieve their targets. Leaders have improved their provision for pupils’ personal development. Pupils have a good awareness of British values and equalities so that they are well prepared for life in modern Britain. The early years requires improvement because : senior leaders’ actions have not been swift enough to raise standards as rapidly as in other areas of the school. However, there have been significant steps taken to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning in the early years is improving. Governors do not hold leaders to account for the use of additional funding for disadvantaged pupils in enough detail. Leaders have used training and development to ensure that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently good. Leaders have acted on the areas for improvement that were left at the school’s short inspection in March 2018. The school now meets the legal requirements for checking the suitability of staff who work at the school. Leaders have designed an engaging curriculum that is supplemented by a range of visits and visiting speakers. Subject leaders’ checks on the quality of teaching and learning in their subjects do not provide clear enough support to help staff to further improve pupils’ outcomes. Although progress is good, some of the most able pupils are not challenged to reach the highest standards in their written work. This is also evident in subjects such as science, geography and history. Pupils say that the word ‘gay’ continues to be used on the playground but that leaders have taken action to reduce this. This aspect of equalities and countering bullying remains an area for improvement.