Woolton Primary School

Name Woolton Primary School
Website http://www.wooltonprimary.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Out Lane, Woolton, Liverpool, L25 5NN
Phone Number 01514283066
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 655 (50.2% boys 49.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.4
Local Authority Liverpool
Percentage Free School Meals 13%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3%
Persistent Absence 5.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 11%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (16 January 2013)
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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.