Salterforth Primary School

Name Salterforth Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 September 2012
Address Cross Lane, Salterforth, Barnoldswick, Lancashire, BB18 5UD
Phone Number 01282812223
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 102 (66% boys 34% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.5
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 3.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 8.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Salterforth is much smaller than the average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational need is above average. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The before- and after-school clubs are privately managed. They are subject to a separate inspection and the report is published on the Ofsted website. It has gained a number of awards, including the Lancashire Race Equality Mark, and holds Bronze Eco-School status.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school because: Pupils have positive educational experiences and are well-prepared for the next stage in education and their future lives. Achievement is good and pupils make good progress through the school. As a result, they reach broadly average standards in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Teaching is consistently good. Teachers know their children well and so are able to set work that effectively challenges different groups. Classrooms are managed well so that lessons run smoothly and little time is wasted. Pupils behave well and have positive attitudes to learning. They feel safe and secure and take pride in their school. Attendance is above average and pupils arrive punctually. The astute leadership of the headteacher has been central to the school’s good improvement since the previous inspection. The governing body and staff work well as a team and morale is high. Self-evaluation is accurate and enables leaders and governors to target the correct areas for development. Action taken has been successful in improving the quality of teaching and raising achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Teachers do not provide sufficient opprtunities for pupils to be actively and independently involved in learning. Staff lack expertise in asking incisive questions to extend the thinking skills of different groups. Not enough emphasis is placed on guiding pupils to make decisions for themselves about how to improve. Pupils are not proficient in using their mathematical calculation skills to solve problems in real-life situations.