|Name||Woolton Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||16 January 2013|
|Address||Out Lane, Woolton, Liverpool, Merseyside, L25 5NN|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||656 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.4|
|Percentage Free School Meals||12.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3%|
Information about this school
The school opened in September 2011 following the closure of the former infant and junior schools which shared the same site. A large building and refurbishment project, which included linking the previous two schools together, was completed in September 2012. As a result of the amalgamation, the school is much bigger than average and serves pupils from a wide area. The school hosts out-of-hours childcare provision which is inspected separately. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium is average. The premium provides additional funding for children in local authority care, for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and for children from service families. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is low. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is above average. The proportion of pupils at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Staff take good care of all pupils. There are strong, supportive relationships which help pupils to thrive. Children get off to a good, and sometimes outstanding, start in the creative and stimulating Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics, making good, and sometimes excellent, progress from their starting points. Teaching is typically good throughout the school and sometimes outstanding. This is leading to pupils making faster progress and their attainment is rising. Pupils are proud of their school, enjoy learning, behave well and feel safe. The headteacher, ably assisted by other senior leaders, including governors, has been highly instrumental in leading the school’s successful development since its amalgamation. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The improvements made to teaching are not yet reflected in all lessons and this results in work that is not always challenging enough, particularly for the more able pupils. Not enough opportunities are provided for pupils to develop their skills in writing for different purposes or to use their mathematical skills to solve problems related to real life. The role of subject and middle leaders in improving pupils’ progress is not yet fully developed.