Greenfield St Mary's CofE School
Headteacher: Mrs Suzanne Hall
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208 pupils capacity: 101% full
105 boys 50%
105 girls 50%
Last updated: June 18, 2014
Primary — Voluntary Aided School
- Education phase
- Religious character
- Church of England
- Establishment type
- Voluntary Aided School
- Establishment #
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 400034, Northing: 403977
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 53.532, Longitude: -2.001
- Accepting pupils
- 4—11 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- June 10, 2009
- Diocese of Manchester
- Region › Const. › Ward
- North West › Oldham East and Saddleworth › Saddleworth South
- Town and Fringe - less sparse
- 0.5 miles Greenfield Primary School OL37AA (186 pupils)
- 1.1 mile Friezland Primary School OL37LN (108 pupils)
- 1.3 mile Saddleworth School OL36BU (1353 pupils)
- 1.4 mile St Chad's CofE Primary School OL36EE (276 pupils)
- 1.4 mile Mossley Hollins High School OL59DJ (767 pupils)
- 1.4 mile St Chad's Church of England Primary School OL36EE
- 1.5 mile Bright Futures School OL44DW (7 pupils)
- 1.7 mile St Anne's CofE Lydgate Primary School OL44DS (208 pupils)
- 1.7 mile Micklehurst All Saints CofE Primary School OL59DR (187 pupils)
- 1.7 mile Hollins Nursery School OL59DP
- 1.7 mile Micklehurst Community Junior School OL59DR
- 1.7 mile All Saints CofE Infant School OL59JF
- 1.8 mile Holy Trinity CofE Dobcross Primary School OL35BP (196 pupils)
- 1.8 mile Milton St John's CofE Primary School OL50BN (241 pupils)
- 2 miles Buckton Vale Primary School SK153NU (258 pupils)
- 2.1 miles Grasscroft Independent School OL45RZ
- 2.1 miles St Joseph's RC Primary School OL50ES (171 pupils)
- 2.2 miles Livingstone Primary School OL50AP (159 pupils)
- 2.2 miles St George's CofE Primary School OL50HT (172 pupils)
- 2.4 miles Knowsley Junior School OL44BH (354 pupils)
- 2.5 miles Diggle School OL35PU (189 pupils)
- 2.5 miles Springhead Infant and Nursery School OL44QT (345 pupils)
- 2.5 miles St Agnes CofE Primary School OL45RU (110 pupils)
- 2.6 miles Millbrook Primary School SK153JX (249 pupils)
Ofsted report transcript
Greenfield St Marys CofE School
105723Unique Reference Number
10 June 2009Inspection date
Kathryn DoddReporting inspector
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
The registered childcare, managed by the governing body, was inspected under section 49 of the Childcare Act
PrimaryType of school
Voluntary aidedSchool category
4–11Age range of pupils
MixedGender of pupils
Number on roll
0Government funded early education
provision for children aged 3 to the end
of the EYFS
0Childcare provision for children aged 0
to 3 years
The governing bodyAppropriate authority
Mrs V WilliamsChair
Mrs Helen RowlandHeadteacher
6 February 2006Date of previous school inspection
Not previously inspectedDate of previous funded early education inspection
Not previously inspectedDate of previous childcare inspection
Manchester RoadSchool address
01457 872264Telephone number
01457 829271Fax number
10 June 2009Inspection date
© Crown copyright 2009
This document may be reproduced in whole or in part for non-commercial educational purposes, provided that
the information quoted is reproduced without adaptation and the source and date of publication are stated.
Further copies of this report are obtainable from the school. Under the Education Act 2005, the school must
provide a copy of this report free of charge to certain categories of people. A charge not exceeding the full cost
of reproduction may be made for any other copies supplied.
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The inspection was carried out by two additional inspectors. The inspectors evaluated the
overall effectiveness of the school and pupils' progress, especially of the more able pupils in
Years 1 and 2, and of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception class). Current
achievement and standards in mathematics across the school were evaluated in detail. The
team also examined the overall quality of the curriculum and how the school has improved
since the previous inspection, particularly the quality of governance. The effectiveness of the
school's efforts to promote community cohesion was also explored. Evidence was collected
from the school's self-evaluation, nationally published assessment data, the school's records
of pupils' progress and standards, observations of lessons and the school's plans for further
improvement. Discussions with pupils, staff and governors were held and questionnaires returned
by parents were considered. Other aspects of the school's work were not investigated in detail,
but the inspectors found no evidence to suggest that the school's own assessments, as given
in its self-evaluation, were not justified. These have been included, where appropriate, in this
Description of the school
Almost all the pupils at this average sized school are from White British backgrounds. Although
a very small proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds, none of these are at
an early stage of learning to speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils
with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is similar to that found nationally. The proportion
of pupils entitled to free school meals is much lower than average. The school makes provision
for the Early Years Foundation Stage in the Reception class. A private provider manages the
care of children before and after school on the same site. This provision was inspected separately
and will receive a separate written report. The school holds a range of awards including: Investors
in People, Activemark, Eco Schools, and Healthy Schools Award.
Key for inspection grades
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Overall effectiveness of the school
This is an outstanding school, providing excellent value for money. Pupils thrive in the very
happy, warm and caring setting, so that they achieve exceptionally well, both academically and
in their personal development. Pupils feel a keen sense of belonging to their vibrant school
and to the local community. They are particularly eager and proud to contribute positively to
it. Pupils' behaviour is consistently exemplary. A high level of mutual respect and courtesy with
adults and between pupils pervades. This reflects the outstanding care and warmth that radiates
from all staff who continually encourage pupils to achieve their best. Rigorous attention is
given to making sure that the school's safeguarding arrangements are firmly in place. Parents
are overwhelmingly supportive. They are confident that this is a, 'fantastic school' which,
'encourages learning through discovery for every child, whatever their ability or talents'. They
say that this reflects the total commitment and dedication of staff to their children's
achievements and welfare.
Pupils of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, including children in the Early Years Foundation
Stage and those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, make outstanding progress. Results
of national tests at the end of Year 6 are impressive. Standards in English, mathematics and
science, have been consistently well above average for several years. These very high standards
stem from the teachers' consistently high expectations. Consequently, the school exceeds its
challenging targets. In 2008, although the standards reported from teacher assessments at the
end of Year 2 were above average in reading and writing, in mathematics they were average.
This was because a lower proportion of pupils reached the higher levels of attainment than
expected nationally. Swift and decisive action to address this, particularly to promote pupils'
problem-solving skills, is paying dividends. The proportion of pupils reaching the higher levels
has already improved, although it does not yet exceed the nationally expected levels as in other
subjects. The school is committed to further extend pupils' mathematical skills and provide
more opportunities to challenge the more able younger pupils.
Teaching and learning are outstanding. Teachers' infectious enthusiasm, meticulous planning
of work and clear organisation, along with very purposeful and practical activities, provide
regular opportunities for pupils to discuss their learning together. Skilful questioning challenges
pupils' thinking. These qualities all combine to make learning lively, fun and really stimulating.
Pupils say that they have to work hard and are all very keen to do their best. Teachers give
pupils regular opportunities to assess how well they are getting on and to check what they still
have to do to achieve their individual learning goals. The careful and sensitive deployment of
skilled teaching assistants makes a consistently strong contribution to pupils' outstanding
achievement, as when supporting pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, for instance.
The curriculum is outstanding. Pupils' outstanding enjoyment mirrors a very strong commitment
of everyone to broadening and enriching everyday learning through many exciting and
memorable experiences. Attendance is consistently well above average because pupils do not
want to miss anything. Pupils' outstanding academic achievement reflects an impressively
innovative and creative curriculum, making meaningful links in learning across the different
subjects. Making sure that pupils are equipped particularly well with the life skills they need
to be successful beyond their primary education has an equally high priority. This is seen in the
confidence, maturity and ease with which pupils discuss their learning sensibly together, work
collaboratively, and communicate with staff and visitors.
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The very strong, strategic and enthusiastic leadership of the headteacher is a key factor in the
school's success and improvement. Providing a fully inclusive, safe, purposeful and stimulating
education, within a particularly caring and Christian environment, so pupils reach their full
potential, is kept in firm view. Governors, who have strengthened considerably since the previous
inspection, along with staff, share in this vision and strive to meet it with equal determination.
Their professionalism, commitment and dedication are highly evident. Rigorous evaluation of
the school's performance stems from the meticulous analysis of pupils' achievements, led by
the deputy headteacher. Regular widespread consultation with parents and pupils also helps
school leaders to quickly pinpoint the priorities for improvement and, as a result, achievement
is boosted successfully where there is most need. Actions are planned in fine detail and their
impact is monitored and reflected upon at every step. Although modest in its self-evaluation,
this is a school that knows itself well. There is no complacency, rather a continual search to
extend opportunities that help pupils to achieve even more. Community cohesion is promoted
highly successfully, so that pupils' knowledge about culturally, socially and economically diverse
communities nearby and further afield is impressive. Since the previous inspection, the school
has gone from strength to strength, successfully building on its track record of achieving very
high standards. Its capacity to continue to improve further therefore is outstanding.
Effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage
When children join the Reception class, their skills are broadly typical for their age. The very
warm and caring relationships between adults and children, along with the bright, lively and
particularly well resourced learning environment, both indoors and outside, ensure that children
quickly develop a real thirst for learning. Children make outstanding progress and, by the time
they start Year 1, many are working beyond the level expected nationally for this age. Children's
personal, social and emotional development is outstanding. Adults make the most of
opportunities to encourage children to talk about their learning, to develop their independence,
take on small responsibilities and to understand routines and boundaries. As a result they
become eager young learners who behave extremely well. Teachers and support staff work very
closely together to assess children's progress. They record carefully their daily achievements
and plan the future based on this knowledge. Consequently, learning builds very effectively
on what children can already do. Leadership and management are outstanding. Incisive analysis
of children's progress pinpoints swiftly and precisely where provision can be adapted further
to help children to achieve even more.
What the school should do to improve further
Further extend pupils' mathematical skills in Years 1 and 2, so that the proportion of pupils
reaching the higher levels of attainment continues to rise.
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Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out
in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspection', which is available from Ofsted’s website:
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Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and
grade 4 inadequate
How effective,efficient and inclusive is the provision of
education,integrated care and any extended services in meeting the
needs of learners?
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners'
1The capacity to make any necessary improvements
Effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage
How effective is the provision in meeting the needs of children in the
1How well do children in the EYFS achieve?
How good are the overall personal development and well-being of the children
in the EYFS?
1How effectively are children in the EYFS helped to learn and develop?
1How effectively is the welfare of children in the EYFS promoted?
1How effectively is provision in the EYFS led and managed?
Achievement and standards
1How well do learners achieve?
reached by learners
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations
between groups of learners
1How well learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities make progress
Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none
significantly below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally
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Personal development and well-being
How good are the overall personal development and well-being of the
1The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
1The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles
1The extent to which learners adopt safe practices
1The extent to which learners enjoy their education
1The attendance of learners
1The behaviour of learners
1The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to
their future economic well-being
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and
interests of learners?
1How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?
Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement
and supporting all learners?
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading
to improvement and promote high quality of care and education
1How effectively leaders and managers use challenging targets to raise standards
1The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation
1How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination eliminated
1How well does the school contribute to community cohesion?
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to
achieve value for money
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government
NoDoes this school require special measures?
NoDoes this school require a notice to improve?
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Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection
Thank you for the very warm welcome you gave us when we inspected your school. We
thoroughly enjoyed being part of your wonderful school community. You were very eager to
talk to us and answered our questions politely and maturely. Your behaviour was excellent and
you showed superb attitudes to your learning. It was good to hear that you feel so very safe
in school. All the adults take very good care of you. They give you lots of encouragement to
grow in confidence and to learn the skills you will need as adults in the future. I particularly
enjoyed hearing just how much you know about the personal skills needed for successful team
working and how, by forming various teams in Year 6, such as planners, market researchers
and finance managers you aim to be successful in your business project. We were also very
impressed with just how well you all get along together, not just as really good friends but
when discussing your learning so very sensibly together in lessons. It was good to hear you say
that you enjoy school so very much because all the activities you do are such great fun¿even
the SAT's revision!
Your parents told us how pleased they are with your school, too. Your school is outstanding.
By Year 6, the standards you reach are much higher than expected for your age and the rate
at which you all learn is also very fast indeed. Your very high standards, excellent progress and
brilliant attitudes to learning are the reasons why you are so well prepared for going to secondary
school. Even though the adults who work at your school know that you do really well in your
learning, they still search for ways to improve your school, so that it continues to get better
all the time. This is why we have asked the school to make sure that:
more pupils reach the higher standards in mathematics by the end of Year 2.
You can help by making sure that you always check what you still have to do to reach your
learning targets and by continuing to try your best in everything that you do.
I hope that you all enjoy your summer fair and 'camp out' and that the Enterprise Team are
successful in making a healthy profit from the sale of T-shirts and badges!
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