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Lache Primary School

Lache Primary School
Hawthorn Road

01244 981333

Headteacher: Mr Martin Bell

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253 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
262 pupils capacity: 97% full

135 boys 53%


120 girls 47%


Last updated: June 20, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
Open date
Jan. 1, 1998
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 339060, Northing: 364384
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 53.173, Longitude: -2.9131
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
May 16, 2012
Region › Const. › Ward
North West › City of Chester › Lache
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

Ofsted report: Newer report is now available. Search "131350" on latest issued May 16, 2012.

Inspection Report

Unique Reference Number131350
Local AuthorityCheshire
Inspection number293743
Inspection dates28 February –1 March 2007
Reporting inspectorJudith Tolley

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.

Type of schoolPrimary
School categoryCommunity
Age range of pupils3–11
Gender of pupilsMixed
Number on roll (school)217
Appropriate authorityThe governing body
Date of previous school inspection22 April 2002
School addressHawthorn Road
Lache, Chester
Cheshire CH4 8HX
Telephone number01244 671864
Fax number01244 683605
ChairMrs Jane Mercer
HeadteacherMs Susan Pearson


The inspection was carried out by two Additional Inspectors.

Description of the school

The school is about the same size as most other primary schools. Most children are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of children entitled to free school meals is high, as is the proportion with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The proportion for whom English is an additional language is lower than average. The school has a learning centre for children with behaviour difficulties that serves the wider area.

Key for inspection grades
Grade 1Outstanding
Grade 2Good
Grade 3Satisfactory
Grade 4Inadequate

Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 2

This is a good school with some outstanding features. Children's personal development is outstanding. They take pride in their work and have excellent relationships with each other and their teachers. Their behaviour is exemplary. They are given the opportunity to take responsibility and treat this seriously. Care, guidance and support are outstanding and, as a result, children become confident and eager learners who thoroughly enjoy their education and who are able to make the right choices about healthy living. Attendance, however, remains below average, although the school does all it can to improve it. As they get older, children increasingly understand the importance of getting to school regularly and on time.

Good teaching ensures that all children achieve well. Children enter the school with standards that are very much lower than average, particularly in personal and social skills. Because of good teaching in Nursery and Reception classes children make good progress, particularly in their personal development and in learning how to learn. Children therefore have a firm foundation for learning. By the age of 11 children achieve standards which are below average in English, mathematics and science. This represents good achievement in relation to their starting points. Results in National Curriculum tests have improved steadily over the last three years and standards in reading and mathematics are now close to the national average. Although the school recognises the importance of developing children's speaking and listening skills, children are not given sufficient opportunities to do this. Similarly, opportunities for older children to write independently and at length are insufficient. These are minor weaknesses in what is otherwise a good curriculum. All children show enjoyment, pride in their work and high levels of concentration. The school has effective systems to monitor children's progress and to set targets, but pupils are not well enough involved in the assessment process. Consequently, opportunities to support their progress are missed.

The school provides good value for money. Good leadership and management lead to the school having a clear understanding of its effectiveness and of the way forward. Teachers at all levels work very effectively in teams to plan activities. Through doing this they not only support each other very well but also provide excellent role models for children. There has been good improvement since the last inspection. The capacity to improve further is good.

What the school should do to improve further

  • Improve opportunities for children to develop their speaking and listening and to practise extended writing.
  • Develop the everyday use of assessment to involve children more effectively in recognising and planning their own progress.

Achievement and standards

Grade: 2

Children join Nursery with skills that are very low for their age. They make good progress through the Nursery and Reception classes, particularly in developing their personal, social and communication skills. As a result, they are well prepared for the next stage of their education. Nonetheless, the majority are still working towards their learning goals, and standards are still well below average, when they start Year 1. In national tests at the end of Year 6 standards are below average in English and science but are close to average in mathematics. In English, boys' performance in Years 3 to 6 is better than that of girls, but all make good progress overall. This good progress is the result of the emphasis the school places upon developing children's understanding of how to learn and children's enthusiasm for it in the early years. The school is taking determined action to improve standards in reading and this is already having a positive impact both upon standards and upon children's attitudes towards reading. Children with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and looked-after children make the same good progress as the other children.

Personal development and well-being

Grade: 1

Children's outstanding personal development and well-being is a major strength of the school. Many start in Nursery with poorly developed social skills but make excellent progress to become increasingly able to get on with each other, self-confident, eager and able to learn. This helps children to achieve well. Children very much enjoy school and this comes out strongly in their excellent behaviour in lessons. This includes pupils from the learning centre, who with expert support, behave equally well. Pupils feel safe and free to learn without hindrance of bullying or other oppressive behaviour. Attendance improves as children get older because of the support they receive from the school. However, despite the school's efforts, attendance rates remain stubbornly below average. Relationships, a minor concern at the previous inspection, are excellent and are a key factor in enabling children to achieve. Children have a good understanding of how to be healthy and to stay safe. They make an excellent contribution to the community. For example, the school council is proud of its influence in increasing the amount of practical activities in every lesson. Children also willingly take responsibility as house and sports captains. Children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. They are well prepared for the next stages of their education through their outstanding personal development and good achievement.

Quality of provision

Teaching and learning

Grade: 2

Children make good progress and display outstanding attitudes to their work. This is a result of effective teaching and excellent relationships with their teachers. Children rapidly understand new ideas as a result of teachers' good planning, clear presentations and effective questioning. Both teachers and teaching assistants work together very effectively as teams to provide a good level of support and challenge for children. As a result, children respond very positively and enjoy the challenges set for them. Children make the best progress when they are given the opportunity to explore and rehearse their ideas informally, and respond enthusiastically to problem-solving activities. Resources and activities are well matched to children's interests and abilities, regularly involving them in group work and in investigating ideas for themselves. Whole-class sessions during lessons are used well to check and reinforce learning. Teachers' marking is thorough and designed to encourage and inform children about how they can improve their work. However, children are not always involved enough in evaluating and planning their own progress.

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 2

The good curriculum meets the needs of all children well, including their understanding of how to be healthy and safe. The strong emphasis on developing children's social, speaking and listening skills in the Nursery and Reception classes effectively helps them to become cooperative and willing learners. The school recognises the need to concentrate on developing children's speaking and listening skills, but in some lessons, there are too few opportunities to do so. Older children have a good understanding about what makes a good piece of writing. They have too few opportunities, however, to write at length themselves. A very good range of visitors adds enjoyment and value to the curriculum and fosters safety and healthy lifestyles. Further enrichment comes from a good range of activities outside lesson times for all ages of children. A particular strength of these lies in the opportunities to take part in residential visits which encourage children's social development.

Care, guidance and support

Grade: 1

The school's success in helping all children to thrive, learn and overcome obstacles to learning is outstanding, including for those in the learning centre. The school keeps detailed records of children's progress and of their personal development. This information provides staff with detailed knowledge of the interests and aspirations of each pupil and allows them to create and build on excellent relationships. Teachers use this information very well to plan work and set targets for further improvement. Children with learning difficulties and/or disabilities are supported very well so they make as good progress as their classmates. The school works very hard to ensure that all children get the most out of their time at school and to overcome their barriers to learning. Children's welfare is of paramount importance to the school and it works tirelessly with an extensive range of partners to meet all children's' needs. For example, a medical team comprising the school nurse, the school doctor and a doctor specialising in children meets regularly to discuss the progress and needs of certain children in school. Safeguarding requirements are met.

Leadership and management

Grade: 2

Leadership and management are good. The senior leadership team gives very clear direction. The school works effectively with parents and carers and very effectively with outside agencies to help all children to succeed. An innovative management system involves all staff working together in teams to plan, monitor and evaluate their work. Joint planning and team teaching is proving very successful in spreading good practice and in pooling resources to better meet children's needs. This is already having a positive impact in raising standards for all children. The school has an effective system for monitoring children's progress and setting appropriate targets. Resources are used efficiently and effectively. Governors are very supportive of the school and have a good understanding of its strengths and weaknesses. They offer a good level of challenge and support.

Annex A

Inspection judgements

Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4 inadequateSchool Overall
Overall effectiveness
How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?2
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners' well-being?1
The quality and standards in the Foundation Stage2
The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation2
The capacity to make any necessary improvements2
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last inspectionYes
Achievement and standards
How well do learners achieve?2
The standards1 reached by learners3
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between groups of learners2
How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress2
1 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 low.
Personal development and well-being
How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the learners?1
The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development1
The behaviour of learners1
The attendance of learners3
How well learners enjoy their education1
The extent to which learners adopt safe practices2
The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles2
The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community1
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being2
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the learners' needs?2
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and interests of learners?2
How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?1
Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement and supporting all learners?2
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading to improvement and promote high quality of care and education1
How effectively performance is monitored, evaluated and improved to meet challenging targets2
How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so that all learners achieve as well as they can1
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to achieve value for money 2
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their responsibilities 2
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government requirements?Yes
Does this school require special measures?No
Does this school require a notice to improve?No

Annex B

Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection

Thank you for making us so welcome and for helping us when we visited your school. We thoroughly enjoyed talking to you.

You really enjoy your school because you get on so well with your teachers and there are so many exciting things to do and learn. You are looked after very well and your behaviour is excellent. We were really impressed by the way you are helping your teachers to make the school even better. You know all about healthy eating and how important regular exercise is.

The adults are trying to make your lessons more interesting by working in teams to teach and to plan lessons. This is working well. They are also trying to give you lots of chances to explain and discuss your ideas. This is working well in some classes. We have asked them to try to give you more opportunities to do this. They also know how well you are getting on and what you need to do to get better. They are going to share this with you in future so that you will know how you can improve your work. They have been working hard to help you to do better in your mathematics, English and science recently and this has been successful. They think you can still do even better, especially in your writing, and we agree with them. You can help by continuing to work hard and by coming to school regularly and on time.

You play an important role in making your school as good as it is. You take pride in your work and your achievements. You are right to do so. We hope you carry on enjoying your learning and doing such good work. We wish you every success in the future.

On behalf of the inspection team.

Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspections', which is available from Ofsted's website:

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