Wickersley Northfield Primary School

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About Wickersley Northfield Primary School

Name Wickersley Northfield Primary School
Website http://www.wickersleynorthfieldprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Claire Williams
Address Northfield Lane, Wickersley, Rotherham, S66 2HL
Phone Number 01709543704
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 454
Local Authority Rotherham
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Wickersley Northfield Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders at Wickersley Northfield establish high expectations of pupils' behaviour and academic success. A pupil told an inspector, 'Our teachers are always trying to push you to do your best.'

This starts in early years, where teachers establish consistent behaviour routines. They create a rich environment for learning. Pupils respond well to this and are eager to learn.

Pupils are well behaved in lessons and at playtimes. They understand what bullying is. Bullying seldom happens and pupils feel safe in school.

Pupils know which adults they can talk to about... any concerns. However, a few pupils are less confident than others in speaking with adults. Leaders are ensuring that other strategies are being put in place, such as 'worry boxes', so that all pupils have the opportunity to express themselves.

Pupils enjoy the wide variety of visits linked to the curriculum, such as those to the nearby space museum and sculpture park. Leaders also draw on the knowledge and skills of visitors to school to inspire pupils. These include authors, illustrators and historians.

Leaders provide opportunities for pupils to express their views and influence others. In their work on the 'Hate Crime Charter', pupils created the campaign motto, 'Happiness not Hate.' This phrase is now being used by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council as a signpost for change.

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

Leaders are successful in preparing pupils for their next stage in education. Learning to read is a priority. In Nursery, pupils learn the pre-skills for reading.

Leaders ensure that teachers deliver a highly structured phonics programme consistently. Teachers receive regular training updates and feedback from the subject leader. Staff are adept at checking pupils' learning and identifying their next steps.

Some pupils have extra phonics sessions to boost their confidence. Throughout school, teachers introduce pupils to a rich variety of books. These reflect different cultures and viewpoints.

Pupils actively choose to read books written by a range of authors. They happily recommend books to other pupils. Pupils are appreciative of the revamped libraries and the reading competitions.

In mathematics, staff are well supported by the subject leaders. There are clear expectations of what pupils will learn and when. Pupils recall their prior learning at the start of each lesson.

Teachers focus this activity on the knowledge required for the next mathematics topic. Teachers also recap areas of learning that pupils have found difficult in the past. Some pupils struggle with multiplication tables in the older year groups.

This affects how quickly and accurately they complete some calculations. Leaders have identified this issue and have plans in place to address it.

Leaders have recently revised other curriculum subject areas to ensure there is sufficient challenge.

In history, leaders have identified the concepts that will be taught and when. Teachers have detailed guidance on the content of the curriculum, with matching resources. Staff adapt the delivery of the curriculum to suit the needs of all pupils.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities work alongside their peers. They have tailored learning activities. Teachers encourage pupils to talk about their learning, for example when comparing the lives of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale.

Pupils remember their learning well.

Leaders encourage pupils to be respectful to all, including those of different backgrounds and faiths. Pupils are highly knowledgeable about the protected characteristics, such as disability.

They have a strong sense of justice. Pupils enjoy taking on responsibilities. The eco warriors raise awareness of environmental issues.

They run campaigns such as recycling batteries and book swaps. Pupils take part in a variety of after-school clubs.

Leaders promote positive behaviour from early years onwards.

Pupils willingly follow school routines and instructions from teachers. Pupils are polite and cooperate well with one another. A new restorative method of managing pupil behaviour has been introduced.

Pupils understand the new approach. However, the policy has not been communicated well enough to parents and carers. Some parents believe the system does not work for a minority of pupils.

Relationships are positive between staff, pupils and parents. However, some parents would like better communication with school leaders.

Subject leaders are well trained.

They are keen to make further improvements. Leaders check and adjust the revised curriculum. Senior leaders meet with other school leaders in the trust.

They challenge each other and share developments across the trust. The governing body has a thorough understanding of its role. Governors and officers from the trust actively challenge senior leaders about school improvement.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders undertake all the required pre-employment checks for staff. However, a few members of staff have not been included in whole-staff training on child protection procedures and safeguarding.

This includes training on the 'Prevent' duty. Some new governors are yet to undertake safeguarding training but will do so next term.

Staff know their pupils well.

They identify any changes in pupils' behaviour, which may indicate a safeguarding concern. Leaders make referrals to external agencies.

Pupils learn about keeping safe both online and offline.

Year 6 pupils appreciate their visit to Crucial Crew, a practical workshop on everyday safety, organised by emergency services.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The intent and ambitions of the revised curriculum for foundation subjects are clear. However, there have been limitations in the previous curriculum structure.

As a result, there are gaps in pupils' learning in some subject areas such as history. Leaders should fully implement all the new curriculum plans and ensure that these are embedded. Leaders should also identify any gaps in pupils' learning from previous years and include opportunities to catch up in the revised curriculum.

• Some parents expressed concerns about communication with school. This is having an impact on how these parents view the school. Leaders should ensure that communication procedures are reviewed and improved.

• Some members of staff are not included in the regular safeguarding training. Those new to the governing body have not received safeguarding training in a timely manner. This means that some staff members are not fully equipped to deal with any safeguarding concerns that may arise.

Some governors do not have the required background knowledge to hold leaders to account. Leaders should ensure that all staff are included in safeguarding training and that those new to governance complete training offered as part of their induction.


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 an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in October 2017.

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