The Acorns Primary and Nursery School


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Pooltown Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 7ED
2 - 11
Community school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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% 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.

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