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The Marlborough Primary School

The Marlborough Primary School
Tytherington Drive

phone: 01625 383050

headteacher: Mrs Susan Pollard


school holidays: via Cheshire East council

367 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
420 pupils capacity: 87% full

195 boys 53%


175 girls 48%


Last updated: June 19, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 391863, Northing: 375518
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 53.277, Longitude: -2.1235
Accepting pupils
4—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Sept. 19, 2012
Region › Const. › Ward
North West › Macclesfield › Macclesfield Tytherington
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Free school meals %

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Schools nearby

  1. 0.5 miles Tytherington High School SK102EE (1066 pupils)
  2. 0.5 miles Tytherington School SK102EE
  3. 0.6 miles Beech Hall School SK102EG (228 pupils)
  4. 0.7 miles Bollinbrook CofE Primary School SK103AT (203 pupils)
  5. 0.8 miles Hurdsfield Community Primary School SK102LW (103 pupils)
  6. 0.8 miles Hurdsfield County Junior School SK102RQ
  7. 0.8 miles Hurdsfield County Infant School SK102LW
  8. 0.8 miles Springfield Pre-Preparatory School SK102AP
  9. 1 mile The King's School In Macclesfield SK101DA (1249 pupils)
  10. 1.1 mile Bollington Cross CofE Primary School SK105EG (158 pupils)
  11. 1.1 mile St Bride's School SK101BP
  12. 1.3 mile Puss Bank Junior School SK101QJ
  13. 1.3 mile Dean Valley Community Primary School SK105HS (194 pupils)
  14. 1.3 mile Puss Bank Nursery and Infant School SK101QJ
  15. 1.3 mile St Gregory's Catholic Primary School SK105HS (79 pupils)
  16. 1.3 mile Macclesfield Preparatory School SK118PX
  17. 1.3 mile Puss Bank School SK101QJ (387 pupils)
  18. 1.4 mile Parkroyal Community School SK116QX
  19. 1.4 mile Upton Priory Junior School SK103ED
  20. 1.4 mile Upton Priory Nursery and Infant School SK103ED
  21. 1.4 mile Upton Priory School SK103ED (463 pupils)
  22. 1.4 mile Parkroyal Community School SK116QX (398 pupils)
  23. 1.5 mile Bollington St John's CofE Primary School SK105LY (63 pupils)
  24. 1.6 mile The Education Unit SK103JF

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School report

The Marlborough Primary


Tytherington Drive, Macclesfield, SK10 2HJ

Inspection dates 19 - 20 September 2012
Overall effectiveness This inspection: Good 2
Previous inspection: Satisfactory 3
Achievement of pupils Good 2
Quality of teaching Good 2
Behaviour and safety of pupils Good 2
Leadership and management Good 2

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.
It is not yet an outstanding school because

Pupils achieve well and reach above
Pupils’ personal and social development is
The pupils enjoy school. They are happy
Teaching is good. It has improved
average standards in each section of the
school: in Early Years (Reception), and in
Key Stages 1 and 2.
nurtured effectively and they are well
prepared for the next stage of their
here; they feel safe and behave well. The
Marlborough is a vibrant school, where
there is always lots going on to interest
significantly since the last inspection.
Improvements in the teaching of English
and mathematics have driven up
standards and raised expectations of what
pupils can achieve.
Leadership is strong at all levels, including
governance. Much has been achieved by
school leaders: a previous decline in
outcomes at the end of Key Stage 2 has
been arrested, traditional strengths have
been maintained, and the school is
improving strongly.
A small proporion of teaching still requires
Occasionally, there are gaps in pupils’
knowledge and understanding that are
legacies of previous, less effective
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Information about this inspection

  • Inspectors observed 17 lessons. As the inspection took place early in the school year,
    pupils’ work from the previous year was also scrutinised as well as their current work. A
    wide range of documentation was examined, including records of the pupils’ progress in
    each class.
  • Meetings were held with pupils, senior staff, subject leaders, members of the governing
    body, a representative of the local authority and with a group of parents.
  • Sixty seven on-line responses to Parent View were analysed during the inspection. The
    evidence from Parent View was supplemented by letters received from individual parents
    and from an analysis of the results of the school’s own survey of parental opinion.

Inspection team

Brian Padgett, Lead inspector Her Majesty’s Inspector
Jeremy Barnes Additional inspector
David Halford Additional inspector
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Full report

Information about this school

  • The school is larger than the average-sized primary school.
  • The school educates pupils from many parts of Macclesfield. Most of the pupils are White
    British with around 10% of pupils from a diverse range of minority ethnic backgrounds.
  • The proportion of pupils believed to be eligible for free school meals, and therefore in
    receipt of the pupil premium, is below average.
  • The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported at school action is below
    average. The proportions of pupils with a disability or with special educational needs
    supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are also
    below average.
  • Before- and after-school childcare is provided within the school grounds by the Kool out of
    School Club. There is also provision for pre-school children on site at the Greenhills Pre-
    School. Both are privately managed and are inspected separately by Ofsted. They were not
    part of this inspection.
  • The school exceeds the floor targets for standards and progress in English and mathematics
    laid down by the government as a minimum requirement for primary schools.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Improve the proportion of good and outstanding teaching further by eradicating those
    aspects of teaching that require improvement.
  • Identify and close any remaining gaps in pupils’ knowledge and understanding arising from
    the past.
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Inspection judgements

The achievement of pupils is good
  • Nearly all children entering Reception have pre-school experience. They settle into school
    extremely well. They consistently make very good progress from their different starting
    points, including a good start to early reading. Children regularly leave Reception exceeding
    the expected levels of skills, knowledge and understanding for their age.
  • Pupils sustain good progress in Key Stage 1, making good gains in their numeracy and
    literacy skills and in their personal and social development. Standards at the end of Key
    Stage 1 are above average in reading, writing and mathematics and are improving, year-
  • The decline in standards in Key Stage 2 in recent years has been arrested. The trend is now
    firmly upwards. Year 6 pupils achieved well in the 2012 national, end of Key Stage 2 tests,
    comfortably exceeding their challenging targets in English and mathematics. A small
    proportion of pupils have gaps in their knowledge and understanding from when the school
    was less effective. Teachers are identifying these gaps and remedying them.
  • In all year groups, the school’s records show pupils make at least the gains expected of
    them. The pupils’ exercise books retained by the school from the previous school year show
    work of good quality. The inspection took place early in the new school year but pupils’
    exercise books already contained a considerable amount of work of good quality. In
    lessons, most pupils’ learning was good because they were given work that matched their
    learning needs and often challenged their thinking. The vast majority of parents believe
    their children are doing well at the school.
  • Pupils who fall behind with their work are identified quickly. The school provides a wide
    range of support programmes and interventions to enable them to catch up. Pupils
    identified with special educational needs also receive the support they need and make
    similarly good progress to other pupils. The school has had notable success in providing for
    pupils with disabilities.
The quality of teaching is good
  • The majority of teaching observed in lessons was good. In each key stage, including in the
    Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception), teaching of an outstanding quality was seen.
    The school’s monitoring records and external assessments corroborate these findings.
    Classroom routines have been quickly established and teachers have made a purposeful
    start to the new school year. Pupils have made a good start to learning.
  • There have been significant improvements to many aspects of teaching since the last
    inspection. Lesson planning, the accurate assessment of work by teachers to plan and set
    targets, the marking of work and the involvement of pupils in evaluating what they have
    learned and in understanding their next steps have all improved. Teaching in the core skills
    of literacy, numeracy, and information and communication technology is now very secure.
  • A small proportion of teaching in Key Stages 1 and 2 requires improvement. The school’s
    monitoring of teaching quality is rigorous so areas for further development are already
    identified. Programmes of mentoring and training opportunities have been successful in
    promoting improvement, suggesting the capacity for further improvement is good.
  • Teaching assistants make a major, positive contribution to learning in all classes. They
    support groups of pupils within lessons, teach specific programmes (for example, in
    mathematics) outside of class, and help individual pupils with particular learning needs to
    access the full curriculum.
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The behaviour and safety of pupils are good
  • The behaviour of pupils is good. They have good attitudes to work. They like their teachers
    and enjoy school. Relationships with all staff are good. The school has a warm and
    welcoming ethos especially valued by parents and carers.
  • Older pupils look out for younger ones. For example, acting as a buddy for children in
    Reception is part of the duties of Year 6 pupils.
  • Pupils feel safe. They have trust in the adults who care for them at school. This is because
    any incidents that arise are dealt with quickly. Pupils have a good knowledge of how to
    keep safe and of e-safety in particular. Bullying of any form is not tolerated and pupils
    report with confidence ‘there is no bullying here’.
  • Attendance is above the average for primary schools.
  • Although good, pupils’ behaviour is not outstanding. There is occasional low-level
    disturbance in lessons. However, this closely mirrors the quality of the teaching. In
    outstanding lessons, behaviour is outstanding. Behaviour is less than good only in lessons
    that require improvement.
The leadership and management are good
  • The headteacher provides outstanding leadership for the school. She has successfully driven
    the improvements in teaching quality and outcomes for pupils while maintaining the
    traditional strengths of the school that parents have long valued. The monitoring and
    evaluation of teaching and performance are extremely rigorous.
  • A strong leadership team has been created. Leadership is well established at all levels;
    subject leadership, for example, is developing well. New teachers are supported well and
    there are many training opportunities for established staff to foster further improvement.
    There is, therefore, good capacity to sustain improvement.
  • The school provides an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum for its pupils. It is rich in
    special events that interest and motivate pupils and there is an extensive programme of
    after-school clubs. There has been significant improvement in mathematics.
  • Safeguarding and arrangements for child protection are robust and meet requirements.
  • Equalities are promoted well. Pupils who may be vulnerable to underachievement are
    nurtured and monitored carefully. Leaders value diversity and encourage respect for others
    and the understanding of differences. As a consequence, pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and
    cultural development is good.
  • The school has developed many productive partnerships. Of particular note are the
    partnerships with parents, the community and that with the local secondary school. All are
    aimed at improving learning opportunities for pupils and for strengthening the school’s
    position at the heart of the community. Parents commented in particular about the
    improving communications between home and school, soon to be enhanced by an
    improved school website.
  • The local authority has provided good support. It has provided a valuable overview of
    provision and has brokered effective consultant support for the school.
    The governance of the school:
    - Governance is of good quality. The governing body is well organised and efficient. It is
    thoroughly involved in the strategic direction of the school.


The Year 6 pupils were not present during the week of the inspection. They were on a residential course in

North Wales.

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- Individual governors bring valuable expertise to bear; for example, governors have a keen

understanding of the school’s performance through their understanding of data. The level
of challenge to the school’s leaders is high; for example, through the appointment and

performance management of staff. School leaders welcome governors’ involvement.

- Governance continues to improve. For example, governors are becoming better informed

about the use of the pupil premium funding.

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What inspection judgements mean


Grade Judgement Description
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.

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School details

Unique reference number 111027
Local authority Cheshire East
Inspection number 401165

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

Type of school All-through
School category Community
Age range of pupils 4 - 11
Gender of pupils Mixed
Number of pupils on the school roll 337
Appropriate authority The governing body
Chair Andrew Mierzejewski
Headteacher Susan Pollard
Date of previous school inspection October 2009
Telephone number 01625 383050
Fax number 01625 612918
Email address reveal email: adm…
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