Northern Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
183
AGES
5 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community school
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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data, ONS
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

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.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  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.

How Does The School Perform?

Good
NATIONAL AVG. 2.09
Ofsted Inspection
(31/10/2018)
Full Report - All Reports
48%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
% 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 9% of schools in England) Below Average (About 9% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 6% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 9% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 9% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 6% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 8% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 11% of schools in England) Average (About 59% of schools in England) Above Average (About 11% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 9% of schools in England)
Burnley Road
Bacup
OL13 8PH
01706 874154

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Your steeliness and determination have underpinned the school’s continued good performance despite a number of staffing changes and challenges. You are well supported by an effective governing body whose members are unwavering in their high aspirations for all pupils. You have the support of staff and parents and carers. One parent commented, ‘This is an excellent school; there is a real community spirit.’ Pupils enter the school with skills and abilities that are broadly expected for their age. By the time they leave the school at the end of Year 6, the proportion achieving the expected standard, and the proportion reaching the higher standard or working at greater depth in reading, writing and mathematics are both above the national average. This is due to strong leadership and high-quality teaching over time. Pupils’ progress in reading and writing is particularly strong. Children make good progress in early years and benefit from a stimulating and enchanting outdoor area. They make the most of opportunities to discover, to be creative and to write. Counting and number work activities are promoted well, although children occasionally require more adult direction to complete these activities successfully. Pupils behave well around school and outside. Their attendance is above the national average. Pupils say that they enjoy school and they appreciate the range of clubs and activities on offer. Pupils engage well in their learning as the majority of teaching is typically well suited to their needs. For example, in a Year 6 lesson, pupils learned about the features of weathering and erosion. Different groups eagerly investigated the effects of chemical weathering, while others performed an experiment to understand how erosion occurs. All pupils were challenged and engaged in their learning. The curriculum is enriched by many spiritual, moral, social and cultural events including performance-based poetry, African drumming, Diwali dancing and many sporting and musical experiences. Pupils’ work in subjects such as history and geography shows that the curriculum has breadth. However, it is sometimes lacking in depth. Pupils do not consistently achieve the same depth of understanding in humanities subjects as they do in English, science and mathematics. This is because the curriculum often flits between topics, which does not help pupils to link their learning and secure a deeper understanding of the subjects they are studying. Leaders and governors have responded well to the areas for improvement from the previous inspection. The quality of teaching overall is strong. We observed Year 1 pupils practising their handwriting. The teacher modelled effectively, set high expectations and supported pupils very well. Writing is taught well across the curriculum and standards of spelling and grammar are high. Scrutiny of pupils’ books and the work displayed around the school shows some very lively, expressive and technically accurate pieces of work. Attainment in key stage 2 mathematics remains above the national average, but progress is more typically in line with that of other schools. Leaders and governors have a thorough and detailed plan in place to improve pupils’ progress in mathematics. There is a greater focus upon fluency and explaining mathematical methodology. The plan has had a positive impact and current assessment data shows that pupils’ progress in this subject is picking up. Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. The single central record meets requirements, child protection training is up to date and child protection records are kept securely. You showed me some good examples of how you use early help to support pupils and their families. In more complex cases, the diligence of your staff has led to rapid support for pupils whose circumstances make them vulnerable. Almost all parents who responded to Parent View, Ofsted’s online questionnaire, felt that their children are safe in school, a view that is mirrored by pupils. There have been no permanent or fixed-term exclusions since the previous inspection. A couple of parents whom I spoke with or who responded to the Ofsted survey felt that bullying is not being dealt with effectively. Current records show that instances of bullying are carefully logged and dealt with in a timely manner.

Northern Primary School Parent Reviews



unlock % Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>60, "agree"=>40, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 20 responses up to 05-11-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>60, "agree"=>40, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 20 responses up to 05-11-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>45, "agree"=>40, "disagree"=>5, "strongly_disagree"=>5, "dont_know"=>5} UNLOCK Figures based on 20 responses up to 05-11-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>55, "agree"=>40, "disagree"=>5, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 20 responses up to 05-11-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>55, "agree"=>30, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>5, "dont_know"=>10} UNLOCK Figures based on 20 responses up to 05-11-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>15, "agree"=>70, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>5, "dont_know"=>10} UNLOCK Figures based on 20 responses up to 05-11-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>55, "agree"=>25, "disagree"=>15, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>5} UNLOCK Figures based on 20 responses up to 05-11-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>35, "agree"=>5, "disagree"=>20, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>40} UNLOCK Figures based on 20 responses up to 05-11-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>50, "agree"=>35, "disagree"=>10, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>5} UNLOCK Figures based on 20 responses up to 05-11-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>40, "agree"=>25, "disagree"=>20, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>15} UNLOCK Figures based on 20 responses up to 05-11-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>25, "agree"=>70, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>5, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 20 responses up to 05-11-2018
Yes No {"yes"=>90, "no"=>10} UNLOCK Figures based on 20 responses up to 05-11-2018

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