Bucknall Primary School
phone: 01526 388233
headteacher: Mrs Alison Simmons
56 pupils capacity: 66% full
15 boys 41%
20 girls 54%
Last updated: June 20, 2014
Primary — Community School
- Education phase
- Establishment type
- Community School
- Establishment #
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 517273, Northing: 368762
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 53.203, Longitude: -0.24572
- Accepting pupils
- 4—11 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- Nov. 28, 2012
- Region › Const. › Ward
- East Midlands › Louth and Horncastle › Roughton
- Village - less sparse
- Free school meals %
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Bucknall Primary School
Main Street, Bucknall, Woodhall Spa, LN10 5DT
|Inspection dates||28–29 November 2012|
|Overall effectiveness||This inspection:||Good||2|
|Achievement of pupils||Good||2|
|Quality of teaching||Good||2|
|Behaviour and safety of pupils||Outstanding||1|
|Leadership and management||Outstanding||1|
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school.
It is not yet an outstanding school because
| Outstanding leadership from the headteacher |
Staff work very well together to identify and
Standards are higher than they were and
and governors has ensured that the school
has improved considerably since its last
tackle weaknesses and, as a result, teaching
is good. Some teaching is outstanding.
pupils achieve well, whatever their starting
points. Some pupils make excellent progress
in reading and writing.
| Teachers provide well for the mixed-age and |
Pupils enjoy school very much, behave
Disabled pupils and those who have special
mixed-ability classes. They ensure that pupils
are given work that helps them to build
successfully on what they have learnt before.
impeccably and feel very safe. They
concentrate fully, work hard and are extremely
proud of their achievements.
educational needs achieve well because they
are very well supported.
| Marking is not as effective in mathematics as |
it is in English and pupils do not always have
enough opportunity to use their mathematical
skills in other subjects.
| Fewer pupils reach the higher levels in |
Occasionally, teachers’ planning focuses too
mathematics than they do in reading and
much on what pupils are expected to do,
rather than what they are expected to learn.
Information about this inspection
- The inspector visited eight lessons, four of which were observed jointly with the headteacher.
- He held discussions with pupils, the headteacher, teachers, two governors and a representative
of the local authority.
- The inspector examined a range of documents, including a summary of the school’s self-
evaluation, the school improvement plan, and policies aimed at keeping pupils safe.
- The views of 10 parents and carers were analysed through the Parent View website. The
inspector also spoke informally to parents and carers to seek their views about the school.
- The views expressed by eight staff who returned a questionnaire were considered.
|Keith Williams, Lead inspector||Additional Inspector|
Information about this school
- The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school.
- There are two classes, one of which contains Reception children and pupils in Key Stage 1, while
the other has pupils from Key Stage 2.
- Almost all pupils are from White British backgrounds and very few speak English as an additional
- The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at
school action plus, or have a statement of special educational needs, is above average. No pupils
are supported at school action.
- The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium, which is additional government
funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are in care or whose
parents serve in the armed forces, is well below average.
- The school’s national test results cannot be compared to the government’s floor standard,
because there are fewer than the minimum of 11 pupils required to make such a comparison
What does the school need to do to improve further?
- Improve teaching and learning still further, particularly in mathematics, by:
providing a more consistent challenge for more-able pupils
ensuring that pupils know what they are expected to learn in each lesson
ensuring that teachers plan lessons so that they are always able to set out clearly what pupils
are expected to learn in each lesson
increasing opportunities for pupils to use their mathematical skills in other subjects
providing pupils with more precise information about how they can improve in mathematics.
|The achievement of pupils||is good|
- Children in Reception arrive with wide-ranging knowledge, skills and understanding. The
proportion of more-able pupils, or those who find learning difficult, varies considerably from year
to year. Whatever their starting points, children make good progress in all areas of learning.
Most reach and some exceed the goals expected of them at the end of Reception. They benefit
from learning alongside older classmates and from activities designed specifically for them.
- Across the school, pupils achieve well. Progress has accelerated most quickly in English because
of highly successful work by staff. As a result, attainment in reading and writing is above
average. Last year, the proportion of Year 6 pupils making better than expected progress was
much higher than that found nationally.
- Pupils make an excellent start to learning to read because these skills are taught exceptionally
well. Across the school, pupils read widely, both for pleasure and for information, and they use
their writing skills very well in other subjects. Pupils’ well-developed computer skills are put to
good use. They use hand-held tablet computers regularly, confidently and competently in a
range of subjects.
- Progress in mathematics is improving too, and is now good. The improvement is not as marked
as in English and attainment in mathematics is a little lower than in reading and writing. Steps
have been taken to increase the proportion of pupils reaching the higher levels in mathematics
to match that in English, but it is too soon to see the full impact of recent initiatives.
- Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs achieve well. Teachers and
support staff work very well together to ensure that they are able to play a full part in lessons.
Pupils also benefit from regular sessions working closely with an adult, individually or in small
- The few pupils supported by the pupil premium make good progress. Funding is used very well
to ensure that they receive the support they need, particularly in respect of speech and
language difficulties. As a result, these pupils achieve as well as their classmates.
|The quality of teaching||is good|
- Teaching is good or better in most lessons. The proportion of good or outstanding teaching has
risen as a result of successful work to iron out inconsistencies and raise expectations. This has
had a strong influence on raising standards and accelerating pupils’ progress.
- Teachers usually ensure that pupils understand what they are expected to learn in lessons and
share the criteria they will use to judge their success. Occasionally, this focuses on what pupils
will do, rather than what they will learn. This makes it more difficult for teachers and pupils to
assess how they have done.
- Teachers have high expectations of pupils’ potential and their attitudes to learning. Much is
expected of the younger members of each class, and they rise to the challenge. Typically, harder
work is provided for more-able pupils, although opportunities to extend the challenge are
sometimes missed in mathematics.
- Reading and writing are taught very successfully. The teaching of early reading skills, in
particular, is outstanding. This ensures that pupils make a fast start in learning to read and
contributes to the above-average standards.
- Steps to improve the teaching of mental mathematics are bearing fruit. Pupils enjoy the brisk,
lively and regular sessions, and their confidence in calculating mentally is high. Opportunities for
them to use their mathematical skills in other subjects are not as extensive as those for writing
or using computers.
- The new system of marking is clearly understood by pupils. In English, pupils are given detailed
feedback on their learning and what they need to do to improve. This is contributing to the good
and sometimes excellent progress made by pupils. Marking in mathematics, although accurate,
is not so detailed. This limits pupils’ understanding of the next steps they need to take to
improve their work in this subject. Pupils are increasingly given specific time to reflect and act
upon teachers’ comments.
- Teachers and teaching assistants work very well together to ensure that disabled pupils, those
who have special educational needs and those supported by the pupil premium are able to learn
well. A close check is made on pupils’ understanding and progress, and well-targeted additional
help is provided when they need an extra boost.
|The behaviour and safety of pupils||are outstanding|
- Pupils’ excellent attitudes and behaviour have a very positive impact on their learning and
progress. They are extremely proud of their school and thrive in its warm and friendly
- Pupils of all backgrounds, ages and abilities are fully included in school life. All are given the
opportunity to contribute to the school council and they respond very well to the extra
responsibilities they are given. Pupils’ high levels of enjoyment are reflected in above-average
- Pupils are extremely keen and interested in lessons, and are eager to do well. They listen
attentively to their teachers and to each other. They concentrate fully and show great
determination when they find the work difficult.
- Relationships among pupils and with the adults are excellent. Pupils behave impeccably around
the school and they are courteous and polite to others. As a result, lunchtimes and breaks are
highly civilised social occasions. Pupils understand the school’s approach to rewarding and
encouraging good behaviour. They say they appreciate the consistency with which staff deal
with rare instances of misbehaviour.
- Pupils say they feel safe, and their parents and carers agree. The school ensures that pupils
understand how to stay safe in a variety of situations, including when using the internet. They
play extremely safely and with a strong regard for each other’s safety.
- Pupils have no concerns about bullying and say that they are confident that staff would deal with
it swiftly should it arise. Older pupils in particular are very well informed about different types of
|The leadership and management||are outstanding|
- The school’s improvement is a direct result of excellent leadership. The headteacher leads by
example, and staff are united in striving to achieve the best for pupils. As a result, standards are
higher, attendance levels have risen, pupils make better progress, their behaviour has improved
and teaching is now good.
- Systems to check on and improve the quality of teaching and learning are extremely thorough. A
very close check is made of teaching and learning in lessons and pupils’ progress over time.
Areas for improvement are identified and tackled robustly. Leaders use the outcomes of their
monitoring rigorously to hold staff accountable for pupils’ progress.
- The local authority has provided good support to help improve teaching, learning and leadership.
- Significant inroads have been made into tackling weaknesses in reading and writing and, as a
result, these areas are now strengths. Work to improve mathematics is resulting in pupils
making good progress, but some of the initiatives are too new to have had the full effect.
Nevertheless, leaders know clearly what needs to be done to match the success in English and
work on this is well underway.
- Staff provide an interesting and exciting programme of lessons and extra activities. There is a
strong emphasis on promoting pupils’ personal development, particularly their independence,
and ensuring that they are very well placed for the next stage of their education. Pupils have a
good understanding of a range of religions and cultures.
- Parents and carers are very supportive of the school and are pleased with what it offers. Leaders
ensure that parents are fully informed about their children’s learning and welfare. The regular
text messages outlining pupils’ recent achievements, for example, are much appreciated by
- The governance of the school:
The governing body has made an excellent contribution to the school’s improvement.
Governors have well-established and comprehensive systems to check on the school’s
performance. They visit school regularly, meet with staff and pupils to find out their views and
are very well informed about the school’s successes and priorities. A well-organised
programme of training enables governors to keep up to date, and excellent use is made of the
individual expertise of governing body members. They use their detailed knowledge of the
school’s performance insightfully to seek explanation and clarification from leaders, hold them
to account and secure good value for money. They work closely with the headteacher to
ensure that weaknesses are being tackled successfully. Governors are fully involved in making
decisions about spending including, for example, the funding for pupils supported by the pupil
premium. They ensure that funds are used very well to provide extra support for these pupils,
extending the skills of staff and securing equality of access to the school’s activities. As a
result, these pupils achieve well. The school’s website provides detailed information about how
the funding is spent. Very strong links are made between the performance of teachers and
pupils, staff training and their salary. The governing body ensures that systems to keep pupils
safe are robust, and they are checked thoroughly and regularly.
What inspection judgements mean
|Grade 1||Outstanding||An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes |
that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures
that pupils are very well equipped for the next stage of their
education, training or employment.
|Grade 2||Good||A good school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well |
for all its pupils’ needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage
of their education, training or employment.
|Grade 3||Requires |
|A school that requires improvement is not yet a good school, but it |
is not inadequate. This school will receive a full inspection within
24 months from the date of this inspection.
|Grade 4||Inadequate||A school that requires special measures is one where the school is |
failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and
the school’s leaders, managers or governors have not
demonstrated that they have the capacity to secure the necessary
improvement in the school. This school will receive regular
monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.
A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and
requires significant improvement but leadership and management
are judged to be Grade 3 or better. This school will receive regular
monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.
|Unique reference number||120443|
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
|Type of school||Primary|
|Age range of pupils||4–11|
|Gender of pupils||Mixed|
|Number of pupils on the school roll||33|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Date of previous school inspection||18 May 2010|
|Telephone number||01526 388233|
|Fax number||01526 388233|