Linaker Primary School in Southport scores overall good OFSTED report



Linaker Primary – Overall effectiveness is good (OFSTED Report)

Head Teacher Mrs Lisa Brown said: “As you are aware the school was inspected on the 24th-25th November. The team certainly left no stone unturned and examined a wide range of evidence including: hearing children read, talking to parents and children, observations at playtimes,observing lessons, examining children’s books, assessments and a whole lot more”.

(Copies of the full report will be available on the OFSTED website from 18/12/15 or you can request a copy from the school office.)

We are very proud to report that OVERALL EFFECTIVENESS IS GOOD.

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management –  GOOD
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment –  GOOD
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare- GOOD
  • Outcomes for pupils – GOOD
  • Early Years Provision- GOOD

Some of what the report says:

  • Staff are a fully committed team
  • The Early Years is a strength of the school
  • Highly trained staff ensure that children benefit from teaching which is personalised and dynamic
  • Pupils are happy,enjoy coming to school and feel safe
  • Leaders have developed a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Sports Premium funding has been used to good effect
  • Pupil Premium funding is used very well
  • In lessons pupils are keen to share their ideas and when teachers ask for contributions they are met by ‘a sea of hands’
  • The school is a calm and orderly environment in which pupils can thrive
  • Pupils work diligently and the pupils’ books are a testament to the amount of work they complete
  • The quality of pupils’ work in books and on walls, in lessons and in the most recent assessments  indicates good progress
  • Children leaving Reception get off to a flying start in Y1
  • Across KS1 there is a relentless focus on the teaching of basic skills in literacy and mathematics
  • Achievements at the end of KS1 improved in reading, writing and mathematics in 2015, the children were better prepared for KS2
  • Achievement in reading is good. The children love to read
  • By the end of Y6 pupils are successful readers. Over half of them achieved above age-related expectations
  • Pupils enjoy writing. By the end of KS2 pupils’ good progress ensures that they have developed skills and knowledge and can write confidently and capably for a range of audiences and purposes
  • In 2015, the proportion of pupils who attained the level expected of them for their age, at the end of KS1, in mathematics, was above the national average
  • Teachers are skilled in developing pupils’ literacy and mathematical skills across the curriculum.

Mrs Brown also added” This is an amazing achievement as under the New Inspection Framework, of September 2015, there is a recognition that  to attain a GOOD judgement has been made all the more challenging.

Towards Outstanding…. We are already on the journey!

The report highlights what we had already identified as the next steps for the school.

We are developing our mathematics curriculum, still further, in line with the increased national expectations for each year group, including an extra 30 minutes each day on basic skills.

Our recent appointments, to the year group middle management structure, have already begun to have a further positive impact on teaching and learning.

Y6 Peer Mentors and Sports Leaders are already trained and ready to go in January.

I am really proud to be the Headteacher of a School and Children’s Centre with such committed and dedicated staff, supportive governors, parents and, of course, delightful children!

Finally, may I wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and look forward to another great year for Linaker Primary School and Children’s Centre in 2016″!


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