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Tintwistle CofE (Aided) Primary School

Tintwistle CofE (Aided) Primary School
South Close

01457 852611

Headteacher: Mrs Jo Griffin Ma


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102 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
119 pupils capacity: 86% full

50 boys 49%


50 girls 49%


Last updated: June 19, 2014

Primary — Voluntary Aided School

Education phase
Religious character
Church of England
Establishment type
Voluntary Aided School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 401648, Northing: 396997
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 53.47, Longitude: -1.9766
Accepting pupils
5—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Jan. 30, 2013
Diocese of Chester
Region › Const. › Ward
East Midlands › High Peak › Tintwistle
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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Schools nearby

  1. 0.2 miles Arnfield Independent School SK131NE (8 pupils)
  2. 0.5 miles St Charles's Catholic Primary SK131PJ (209 pupils)
  3. 0.7 miles Hadfield Nursery School SK132DW (109 pupils)
  4. 0.7 miles Hadfield Infant School SK131PN (187 pupils)
  5. 0.7 miles St Andrew's CofE Junior School SK132DR (186 pupils)
  6. 0.9 miles Hollingworth Primary School SK148LP (209 pupils)
  7. 0.9 miles Padfield Community Primary School SK131EQ (116 pupils)
  8. 1 mile Longdendale High School SK148LW (781 pupils)
  9. 1.5 mile Gamesley Early Excellence Centre SK130LU (106 pupils)
  10. 1.5 mile Gamesley Community Primary School SK136HW (290 pupils)
  11. 1.7 mile Mottram CofE Primary School SK146JL (140 pupils)
  12. 1.7 mile Dinting Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School SK136NX (108 pupils)
  13. 1.8 mile St Luke's CofE Primary School SK137BS (174 pupils)
  14. 1.8 mile Glossopdale Community College SK137DR (1203 pupils)
  15. 1.8 mile Talbot House School SK137DP
  16. 1.8 mile Brambles School SK146NT
  17. 2 miles All Saints Catholic Primary School SK137RJ (94 pupils)
  18. 2 miles St Margaret's Catholic Primary SK136JH (50 pupils)
  19. 2.1 miles Simmondley Primary School SK136NN (296 pupils)
  20. 2.1 miles St James' CofE Controlled Primary School SK138EF (327 pupils)
  21. 2.1 miles Duke of Norfolk CofE Primary School SK137RD (306 pupils)
  22. 2.1 miles St Philip Howard Catholic School SK138DR (492 pupils)
  23. 2.2 miles Arundale Primary School SK146PW (188 pupils)
  24. 2.2 miles Stalyhill Infant School SK152TR (180 pupils)

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Tintwistle C of E (Aided) Primary School

Inspection report

Unique Reference Number112923
Local AuthorityDerbyshire
Inspection number338051
Inspection dates7–8 December 2009
Reporting inspectorSusan Walsh

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
Type of schoolPrimary
School categoryVoluntary aided
Age range of pupils4–11
Gender of pupilsMixed
Number of pupils on the school roll88
Appropriate authorityThe governing body
ChairPhilip Hartshorne
HeadteacherJoanne Griffin
Date of previous school inspection 20 June 2007
School addressSouth Close
Tintwisle, Derbyshire
SK13 1LY
Telephone number01457 852611
Fax number01457 852611

Age group4–11
Inspection dates7–8 December 2009
Inspection number338051

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This inspection was carried out by two additional inspectors. The inspectors visited seven lessons or parts of lessons, and held meetings with governors, staff and groups of pupils. They observed the school's work, and looked at documents including the school improvement plan, the school's records of pupils' progress and the monitoring of teaching, and 14 parents' questionnaires.

The inspection team reviewed many aspects of the school's work. It looked in detail at the following:

    • the work of the Early Years Foundation Stage unit
    • the progress pupils in Key Stage 2 are currently making in English and mathematics
    • the match of work to pupils' needs, particularly those of the most able.

Information about the school

The school is much smaller than most primary schools and the majority of pupils come from the immediate locality. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. Virtually all the pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is similar to the average but varies significantly from year to year. The school has a purpose built Early Years Foundation Stage unit which it shares with Jack in the Box pre-school. This is run by a private provider and was inspected in November 2008. The school holds a number of awards including a Healthy Schools award and Activemark. Over the last few years there has been some unavoidable staff absence.

Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory, and 4 is inadequate
Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Inspection judgements

Overall effectiveness: how good is the school?


The school's capacity for sustained improvement


Main findings

This is a satisfactory school that has improved since the previous inspection. It makes particularly good provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and successfully encourages pupils' personal development. The school provides a very cheerful and welcoming environment where pupils are well looked after and, consequently, feel safe and secure. Pupils respond by making a good contribution to the school community, for example, through running lunchtime clubs and acting as play leaders. Their behaviour is good, particularly in lessons.

Achievement is satisfactory because attainment is average and learning and progress are satisfactory. When children join the school in the Reception class their skills are very similar to those expected for their age. They make satisfactory progress through the school and, by the time they leave in Year 6, their attainment is broadly average. A higher proportion than average reach the nationally expected Level 4 in English. However, the proportion of pupils reaching the higher Level 5 is below average in writing, mathematics and science. Pupils who find learning difficult, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, make good progress because they are well supported. The support and challenge for more able pupils is sometimes less effective and their understanding is not always thoroughly checked during lessons.

Although some good teaching was seen during the inspection, teaching over time has been satisfactory and has resulted in satisfactory outcomes for pupils. The school has worked hard to ensure that pupils' academic targets are expressed in child-friendly language and to provide pupils with clear strategies to help them reach the next National Curriculum level. However, there are times when targets are not referred to in teachers' marking and the comments, particularly on the work of more able pupils, are mainly congratulatory which reduces their impact. Much has been done to develop the way children's learning is checked in the Early Years Foundation Stage. However, this information is not always used effectively to plan activities that are tailored to the needs and abilities of individual children. This holds back progress, particularly for the most able. Pupils say they have lots of fun at school. The good enrichment opportunities range from cheerleading to involvement in the well-attended Christmas pantomime. The school is thoroughly involved in its local community but staff and governors are aware that there are very few opportunities for pupils to meet others from more diverse backgrounds. This restricts pupils' understanding of different cultures and faiths and the common values they share.

As the school is small, those with management responsibilities, including the headteacher, have a heavy load and work extremely hard. The headteacher provides a clear sense of direction for the school and is able to drive forward improvements. Together with other leaders she has identified key areas of weakness such as boys' reading, and has made improvements to provision that have boosted the attainment and progress of boys in English. This illustrates that the school's capacity to improve further is satisfactory.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Increase the proportion of pupils gaining the higher Level 5 at the end of Key Stage 2 by
    • ensuring that the more able pupils are set challenging work in all lessons
    • regularly checking all pupils' levels of understanding when they are working independently
    • making certain that marking links with target setting and clearly tells pupils how to further improve their work.
  • Promote pupils' understanding and respect for other faiths and cultures by providing them with more opportunities to meet others from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Enhance pupils' progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage by ensuring that assessment information is used to plan activities that are tailored to the abilities of all individuals.
    • About 40% of the schools whose overall effectiveness is judged satisfactory may receive a monitoring visit by an Ofsted inspector before their next section 5 inspection.

Outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils


Pupils make satisfactory progress through Key Stage 1 and, by the end of Year 2, they reach broadly average standards in reading, writing and mathematics. The proportion who reach the higher Level 3 is similar to that seen nationally. For the last three years, attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 has been broadly average. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and others who find learning challenging, are given good support. As a result, many of these pupils reach the nationally expected Level 4, particularly in English. The progress made by more able pupils is sometimes slower and, consequently, the proportion who reach Level 5 is below average. The school is rightly aware that pupils' progress through Key Stage 2 is uneven, with variations between subjects, including English and mathematics, and different year groups. Classroom observations and scrutiny of pupils' work confirmed that their basic skills are secure and result in mainly accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. Pupils are usually keen to do well in lessons but older pupils say they do not enjoy writing and this is reflected in a lack of enthusiasm and variety in their writing style.

Pupils feel safe in school and are confident that they have an adult to talk to who will help sort out their problems. Most are proud of Tintwisle and want to make a good contribution to the school community. When pupils join the school, some are not naturally well behaved. The staff help them to improve their behaviour and by the time they are in Year 6, pupils act sensibly, particularly in lessons. Pupils have a good knowledge of healthy lifestyles. They are very enthusiastic about exercise and say that they enjoy their physical education lessons and sport. However, although they know about healthy eating they do not always choose to eat the right things. Pupils are adequately prepared for the next stage of their education. Their basic skills are secure and they are confident in their use of information and communication technology (ICT). Governors are helping to improve pupils' understanding of enterprise by running special events. Recently, attendance rates have been close to the national average and few pupils are persistently absent. Christian values underpin the sound spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils. While they have a strong appreciation of Christian viewpoints and traditional British culture, their awareness of the values, beliefs and cultures of others beyond the immediate locality is limited.

These are the grades for pupils' outcomes

Pupils' achievement and the extent to which they enjoy their learning
Taking into account:
          Pupils' attainment¹
          The quality of pupils' learning and their progress
          The quality of learning for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their progress
The extent to which pupils feel safe2
Pupils' behaviour2
The extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifestyles2
The extent to which pupils contribute to the school and wider community2
The extent to which pupils develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being
Taking into account:
          Pupils' attendance¹
The extent of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development3

1 The grades for attainment and attendance are: 1 is high; 2 is above average; 3 is broadly average; and 4 is low

How effective is the provision?

Relationships between teachers and pupils are warm and supportive, and contribute to the effective management of behaviour. Resources, including ICT, are used well to support learning. The school has worked hard to develop academic targets for pupils that they can understand, and give them clear strategies for reaching the next National Curriculum level. However the impact of this valuable work is reduced because these targets are not always referred to when pupils' work is marked, which does not help pupils know how well they are doing. More able pupils, in particular, are not always reminded about how they can improve their work. Learning support assistants work well to help pupils who find learning demanding, and some teachers are very alert to the quality of pupils' learning in lessons and will use the next lesson to address any misunderstandings. Work is often well matched to the needs of those who find learning difficult but the work set for able pupils is not always challenging enough. At times the understanding of able pupils who are working independently is not checked sufficiently. This slows their progress because any misunderstandings are not corrected quickly enough.

The school has successfully developed an interesting new curriculum that is well matched to pupils' needs. Good links are being made between topics and some, like that on Shackleton, are giving pupils good opportunities to practice their writing skills. Pupils enjoy developing their skills in ICT lessons and extend this by running computer clubs at lunchtimes. The good range of extra-curricular activities, including day and residential visits, makes a positive contribution to pupils' good personal development and enhances their enjoyment of school. Clubs are well attended with sport being particularly popular.

The quality of care is good and this is reflected in the way pupils feel at ease in the school. The school works hard to support potentially vulnerable pupils, including good cooperative working with other agencies. The good support received by pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities results in their good progress in personal development and basic skills. Transition arrangements are good and ensure that pupils move smoothly through the school and look forward to the next stage of their education.

These are the grades for the quality of provision

The quality of teaching
Taking into account:
          The use of assessment to support learning
The extent to which the curriculum meets pupils' needs, including, where relevant, through partnerships2
The effectiveness of care, guidance and support2

How effective are leadership and management?

Despite staff turbulence the purposeful leadership team has effectively focused the school on where it needs to improve and ensured that staff share the drive to raise standards. Efficient monitoring and the attention paid to developing success criteria, assessment procedures and child friendly targets have strengthened the quality of teaching. The school is committed to promoting equalities for all, and an example of this has been the improvements it has made for checking pupils' progress. However, the school knows it can do more to evaluate and use this information to help pupils make better progress, particularly boys with their reading, and more able pupils generally. Governors discharge their statutory responsibilities satisfactorily. Safeguarding procedures are satisfactory and the school provides satisfactory value for money. The governing body is becoming increasingly involved in the school and is supportive, but it does not always provide sufficient constructive challenge. The school has a good understanding of its local community and international links are starting to develop through pupils' contact with a school in New York. However, the school does not do enough to do provide pupils with opportunities to learn about different cultures and communities in the United Kingdom through direct contact and experiences. Relationships with parents and other partners are good. The school has asked parents for their views about how children learn and has used this information to inform teaching and the planning of the curriculum. The active Tinwistle School Association helps to support the school and extend the opportunities that are available to pupils.

These are the grades for leadership and management

The effectiveness of leadership and management in embedding ambition and driving improvement
Taking into account:
          The leadership and management of teaching and learning
The effectiveness of the governing body in challenging and supporting the
school so that weaknesses are tackled decisively and statutory responsibilities met
The effectiveness of the school's engagement with parents and carers2
The effectiveness of partnerships in promoting learning and well-being3
The effectiveness with which the school promotes equality of opportunity and tackles discrimination3
The effectiveness of safeguarding procedures3
The effectiveness with which the school promotes community cohesion3
The effectiveness with which the school deploys resources to achieve value for money3

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage provides a protective and caring environment where young children feel safe and secure. Overall, children make satisfactory progress in their learning. Assessment information shows that last year's outcomes were below expectations but this was linked to misunderstandings about assessment procedures rather than inadequate progress. These have now been resolved. Children are confident and outgoing and the majority learn to play well together. They are able to make some choices about their learning and most concentrate well. Although a reasonable range of activities is provided, the school does not always offer continuous provision where children choose from diverse, carefully planned activities for themselves. The areas of communication, language and literacy, and problem solving, reasoning and numeracy, tend to be provided through discrete literacy and numeracy sessions for the whole class. This is not in keeping with the Early Years Foundation Stage's accepted good practice. In part, this is because the staff are anxious to provide for Year 1 who are taught within the same unit. Similarly, insufficient use is made of the good quality and easily accessible outdoor environment. Staff have an adequate knowledge of the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and support children's learning soundly. On occasion, the pace in provision is slow and this, particularly, slows the progress of the more able children. There is sometimes insufficient focus on what will make the best impact on children's learning and development. For example, there are extensive regular assessments and observations of children's learning, but the information gained is not always used to plan activities that are tailored to the needs and abilities of individuals. The unit is working well in partnership with the private pre-school provider with which it shares its high quality accommodation.

These are the grades for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Overall effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage
Taking into account:
          Outcomes for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage
          The quality of provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage
          The effectiveness of leadership and management of the Early Years Foundation

Views of parents and carers

A small number of parents returned the questionnaire, but most of those that did were very happy with what the school offers and there were very few individual concerns. However, concerns expressed about the Early Years Foundation Stage and the information provided for parents were investigated. The inspection team found the work of the Early Years Foundation Stage unit to be satisfactory overall, but agreed that more could be done to ensure that activities are planned effectively to meet children's individual needs. The amount of information provided to parents about their children's progress is similar to that in many other schools.

Responses from parents and carers to Ofsted's questionnaire

Ofsted invited all the registered parents and carers of pupils registered at insert name of school to complete a questionnaire about their views of the school.

In the questionnaire, parents and carers were asked to record how strongly they agreed with 13 statements about the school. The inspection team/inspector received 14 completed questionnaires by the end of the on-site inspection. In total, there are 88 pupils registered at the school.

My child enjoys school11793210000
The school keeps my child safe12862140000
My school informs me about my child's progress5369640000
My child is making enough progress at this school9645360000
The teaching is good at this school9645360000
The school helps me to support my child's learning9645360000
The school helps my child to have a healthy lifestyle8576430000
The school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future (for example changing year group, changing school, and for children who are finishing school, entering further or higher education, or entering employment)8575360017
The school meets my child's particular needs8575360017
The school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour8575361700
The school takes account of my suggestions and concerns9645360000
The school is led and managed effectively10714390000
Overall, I am happy with my child's experience at this school11793210000

The table above summarises the responses that parents and carers made to each statement. The percentages indicate the proportion of parents and carers giving that response out of the total number of completed questionnaires. Where one or more parents and carers chose not to answer a particular question, the percentages will not add up to 100%.


What inspection judgements mean

Grade 1OutstandingThese features are highly effective. An oustanding school provides exceptionally well for all its pupils' needs.
Grade 2GoodThese are very positive features of a school. A school that is good is serving its pupils well.
Grade 3SatisfactoryThese features are of reasonable quality. A satisfactory school is providing adequately for its pupils.
Grade 4InadequateThese features are not of an acceptable standard. An inadequate school needs to make significant improvement in order to meet the needs of its pupils. Ofsted inspectors will make further visits until it improves.

Overall effectiveness of schools inspected between September 2007 and July 2008

Overall effectiveness judgement (percentage of schools)
Type of schoolOutstandingGoodSatisfactoryInadequate
Nursery schools395830
Primary schools1350334
Secondary schools1740349
Sixth forms1843372
Special schools2654182
Pupil referral
All schools1549325

New school inspection arrangements were introduced on 1 September 2009. This means that inspectors now make some additional judgements that were not made previously.

The data in the table above were reported in the Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills 2007/08.

Percentages are rounded and do not always add exactly to 100. Secondary school figures include those that have sixth forms, and sixth form figures include only the data specifically for sixth form inspection judgements.

Common terminology used by inspectors


the progress and success of a pupil in their learning, development or training.


the standard of the pupils' work shown by test and examination results and in lessons.

Capacity to improve:

the proven ability of the school to continue improving. Inspectors base this judgement on what the school has accomplished so far and on the quality of its systems to maintain improvement.

Leadership and management:

the contribution of all the staff with responsibilities, not just the headteacher, to identifying priorities, directing and motivating staff and running the school.


how well pupils acquire knowledge, develop their understanding, learn and practise skills and are developing their competence as learners.

Overall effectiveness:

inspectors form a judgement on a school's overall effectiveness based on the findings from their inspection of the school. The following judgements, in particular, influence what the overall effectiveness judgement will be.

  • The school's capacity for sustained improvement.
  • Outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils.
  • The quality of teaching.
  • The extent to which the curriculum meets pupils' needs,  including, where relevant, through partnerships.
  • The effectiveness of care, guidance and support.

the rate at which pupils are learning in lessons and over longer periods of time. It is often measured by comparing the pupils' attainment at the end of a key stage with their attainment when they started.

This letter is provided for the school, parents and
carers to share with their children. It describes Ofsted's
main findings from the inspection of their school.

9 December 2009

Dear Pupils

Inspection of Tintwistle C of E (Aided) School, Tinwistle, SK13 1LY.

It was a delight and a privilege to visit your school and share in your Christmas celebrations. We really enjoyed talking to you all and listened very carefully to what you had to say. We were very impressed by your good behaviour and the way you all had such good manners and were so helpful. It looked as though you were having lots of fun during your performance of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and it was great to see all the pictures of your cheerleading activities.

You go to a satisfactory school but it is getting better all the time. You told us that you enjoy school and feel safe. This is because your teachers look after you well. You make a good contribution to your school because you work hard in lessons, run lots of clubs and older children help the younger ones. We know you are keen to be involved in the local community, but we did notice that you do not get many opportunities to meet children from different backgrounds to your own.

You are making satisfactory progress in your lessons. By the time you leave at the end of Year 6, you reach similar standards to most other children because teaching is satisfactory. Lots of you reach the nationally expected levels at the end of Year 6 but few of you reach the higher Level 5. We have asked your school to improve this by providing more challenging work in lessons, always checking how you are getting on when you are working independently, and making sure that marking always tells you how to improve your work.

Children in the Reception class and Year 1 work in a lovely environment and their teachers work hard to plan interesting activities and check their learning. Our view is that they can make better use of these checks to plan activities that challenge children of different abilities. Managers and other staff at your school are working hard to make improvements. You can help by continuing to do your best in lessons.

Thank you again for being such good company.

I wish you well for the future.

Yours sincerely

Susan Walsh

Lead Inspector

Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance 'Complaining about inspections', which is available from Ofsted's website: If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 08456 404045, or email

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