The Acorns Primary and Nursery School

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Pooltown Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 7ED
01513551546
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Pupils
365
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Ages
2 - 11
Gender
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Mixed
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Community school
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.04
Ofsted Report
(14/2/18)
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65%
NATIONAL AVG. 64%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
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The Acorns Primary and Nursery School is larger than the average-sized school catering for pupils and children aged two to 11. Seven places are available in the school‟s resource base, which caters for pupils who have complex learning needs. At the time of the inspection, the resource base was at full capacity. There is a federation arrangement in place between The Acorns and Whitley Village Primary School, a small school in Lower Whitley. The executive headteacher, deputy headteacher and business manager all took up their roles at the start of the summer term 2016. All have executive roles, covering the two schools in the federation. In September 2017, a new assistant headteacher joined the senior leadership team. Since the previous inspection, there have been additional staffing changes. Several new teachers have been appointed, including a newly qualified teacher. The leadership team has been restructured. The governing body has been reorganised to include several new members, including the chair of the governing body. Provision for twoyear-old children was introduced in September 2017. A well-above-average proportion of pupils are disadvantaged. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. A small but increasing number of pupils speak English as an additional language. Inspection report: The Acorns Primary and Nursery School, 14–15 February 2018 Page 12 of 15 The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is well above average. The proportion of pupils who have education, health and care plans or a statement of SEN is well above average. Most children attend the Nursery class on a part-time basis. Provision for two-year-olds is also available on a part-time basis. Children in the Reception class attend full time. The school runs a breakfast club, which is managed by the governing body and formed part of the inspection. The after-school club is also managed by the governing body. The school meets the government‟s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils‟ outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Inspection report: The Acorns Primary and Nursery School, 14–15 February 2018 Page 13 of 15 Information about this inspection Inspectors observed a range of lessons in all year groups, as well as the teaching of small groups of pupils and sessions aimed at helping pupils learn to read. Three observations were carried out jointly with senior leaders. Inspectors listened to pupils read and held discussions with pupils from across the school. Pupils‟ work in books was scrutinised in class and separately with senior leaders. Inspectors read 46 text responses submitted by parents during the inspection and met informally with parents. Inspectors considered 51 responses to Ofsted‟s online survey, Parent View, as well as the school‟s own survey of parents‟ views. Responses to the inspection questionnaires completed by 52 members of staff and 214 pupils were also considered. A meeting was held with eight governors, including the chair of the governing body. A telephone conversation was held with a governor. Meetings were held with various senior and middle leaders, including those responsible for English, mathematics, music, religious education, modern foreign languages, art, computing, physical education and for the promotion of pupils‟ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Meetings were also held with leaders responsible for assessing pupils‟ learning and progress, the early years provision and provision for pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities. A meeting was held with the family learning mentor. Telephone conversations were held with a representative of the local authority and the school‟s consultant. Inspectors examined a range of documents. These included the school‟s checks on the quality of teaching and reviews of its own performance, development plans, information about pupils‟ progress, records of pupils‟ attendance and behaviour, and safeguarding documentation. Inspection team Lenford White, lead inspector Ofsted Inspector Michael Gaskill Ofsted Inspector Maureen Hints Ofsted Inspector Inspection report: The Acorns Primary and Nursery School, 14–15 February 2018 Page 14 of 15 Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance „Raising concerns and making a complaint about Ofsted‟, which is available from Ofsted‟s website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/complaints-about-ofsted. If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email [email protected]

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