Keresforth Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
244
AGES
3 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community school
SCHOOL GUIDE RATING
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How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(14/9/17)
Full Report - All Reports
72%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics



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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 8% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 5% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 7% of schools in England) Average (About 64% of schools in England) Above Average (About 9% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 11% of schools in England) Average (About 58% of schools in England) Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England)
Keresforth Road
Dodworth
Barnsley
S75 3NU
01226284147

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Your dedication and that of your staff and governors ensure that pupils at your school are well cared for and make good progress. Since the last inspection, there have been a number of changes in the teaching and leadership teams due mainly to the retirement, and promotion to other schools, of long-standing members of staff. Your strong leadership has ensured that the strengths identified at the last inspection have been sustained despite several staffing changes. You and your previous team tackled areas of improvement raised at the last inspection well. Changes in staffing have allowed you and the governors to consider a restructuring of the leadership team, which you have recently completed. You are now supported by a deputy headteacher and three new middle leaders. All leaders have clear roles and lines of responsibility so that they can be rigorously held to account for the work they do. The work you do with an outstanding school, plus support for teachers and teaching assistants, have supported improvement in the quality of teaching. You and your team know the current areas for improvement, such as issues of low attendance, missed opportunities for learning in early years, and getting more pupils learning at a greater depth. You have already identified some actions to deal with these issues in your school improvement plan. I spoke to a number of parents during the inspection and a great many took the time to let me know their opinion through other means. Parents are overwhelming positive about the work you do to ensure that their children are happy, safe and making good progress. Of those parents who responded to Parent View, 95% would recommend Keresforth Primary School to another parent. Parents commented that they consider Keresforth Primary School to be one of the most ‘fantastic, well-led, wonderfully staffed schools in the area’. Safeguarding is effective. You and your team have made your school a very caring and safe place to be in. All pupils, parents and staff that responded to questions about pupils being safe and happy in school were resoundingly positive. You have one school rule, ‘treat others as you would like them to treat you’. This rule and the ethos it promotes are recognised by all and help to make the school the welcoming and vibrant environment that it is. All pupils who commented said that they liked coming to school and that the strength of the school was that it was a caring and friendly environment. As designated safeguarding leader, you ensure that all staff know what signs may indicate that a child is possibly vulnerable. Staff know what to do when they have concerns. Clear procedures are in place. Records are detailed and fit for purpose so that no minor detail is missed. You work closely with outside agencies, including the local authority, in the best interests of the child. Pupils comment that behaviour at breaktimes can be boisterous and there is some name-calling. However, they know that teachers deal with this type of behaviour swiftly and say that it does not make them feel any less safe. Pupils also say that they can speak to adults about any concerns they may have. Inspection findings Children start the school in either the Nursery or Reception class with a range of pre-school experiences. Many children start with skills in language and communication that are below those typical of children of their age. This, and joining the school later than other children, often mean that children do not reach the standards in language and communication of which they are capable by the time they leave early years. Children very quickly settle into their new school. Staff promote good behaviour and children find their new environment exciting and engaging. Children start to learn quickly as teachers play alongside them, modelling language and extending the children’s knowledge. For example, a teacher played in the water tray, teaching children scientific and mathematical concepts and vocabulary. Adults comment on how the children often prefer to play and learn outside. However, outside opportunities are missed to promote language and communication skills, both through planned activities and through adult interaction. You and your team plan a curriculum so that pupils are engaged and interested in learning and can make good progress. Teachers take great care to make the classroom environment interesting, and you have ensured that they have the resources to do so. Pupils quickly learn because they want to know more. Pupils’ vocabulary is significantly improved by the time they leave the school in Year 6. Pupils were eager to tell me what palaeontologists do and how this was different from an archaeologist. They keenly told me about the different types of dinosaurs, such as a pterodactyl, and how these dinosaurs are related to bats. Pupils like their teacher and are not afraid to ask questions to clarify a point of understanding. Some pupils are not learning at a greater depth, across a range of subjects, as too much of their learning time is spent completing work that is not challenging enough. You have started to take action to address this issue and, for example, teaching assistants now have weekly workshops to consider how pupils can learn at greater depth. However, more still needs to be done. Progress in reading has not always been as good as in writing, and particularly in mathematics. However, pupils are taught phonics well and this helps the progress they make as they clearly use their phonic knowledge to help them learn to read and write. Younger pupils use their phonic knowledge to decode words and older pupils read fluently and with good comprehension skills. Investment has been made in improving reading skills, for example, in purchasing new books so that pupils have access to more challenging texts. To try to improve rates of attendance, you have engaged the help of the local authority education welfare officer and have introduced other strategies, for example celebration assemblies and phone calls to parents. On occasions, this work has been successful in improving the attendance of some pupils. However, levels of attendance remain low. Governors, particularly the chair of the governing body, have a sound knowledge of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. They have worked well with you since the last inspection to ensure that the school has the capacity for continuous improvement. Your performance management to monitor the quality of teaching is rigorous. Staff comment on the good support they receive, for example through working with teachers at an outstanding school. Newly qualified teachers receive close support and monitoring. You ensure that teachers are set challenging targets to raise the quality of their performance. Governors told me that you give them a wealth of information, such as performance management and pupils’ progress information, which they can assimilate and challenge so that they have an accurate picture of what needs to be done to make this an outstanding school. Governors ensure that you have the resources to work with other schools and external agencies when the need arises. The local authority makes regular assessments of school improvement based on pupils’ progress information and the occasional visits it makes to the school. It has confidence in the capacity of the leadership and management of the school.

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Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2020, ONS
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Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

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  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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