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Parent View

We were very proud of the high percentage of parents who completed the pre-inspection questionnaire and of the large turnout of parents meeting the lead inspector to put forward their views about the school. These were very positive.  

From September 2012 inpections have been carried out with very little notice so it will be more difficult to collect parents' views. However parents can now make their views about the school know to Ofsted at anytime by visiting the Parent View website. There is also information of how well our school has achieved in comparison with others complied by Ofsted.


You can see how Shaw Cross compares with schools nationally at level 2C on the Ofsted Dashboard. L2B is generally regarded as the level that children need to reach at the end of Year 2, with L1 and L2C being below and L2A and L3 above. 

Results for 2015 are provisional. National results will be published in late October

In 2015 based on exit data when the pupils left Reception, KS1 results were forecast to be below national averages especially at lower levels.  Careful monitoring and well matched learning to address barriers,  ensured that we exceeded targets in most areas.  This year disadvantaged pupils performed well at all levels in all subjects resulting in a considerable increase in average points score for Reading, Writing and Maths (see information at the end of the report.)  Some of the children with SEN had complex needs and although they made good progress against their personal targets, they did not achieve national curriculum levels and/or age related expectations. These children accounted for 7% of all pupils.

Reading all pupils L1+ L2C+ L2B+ L2A+ L3+
School 97% 92% 85% 66% 37%
National 2014 98% 90% 81% 57% 31%
Difference -1% +3% +9% +9% +6%


Writing all pupils L1+ L2C+ L2B+ L2A+ L3+
School 95% 83% 71% 46% 22%
National 2014  97% 87% 70% 39% 16%
Difference -2% -4% +1% +14% +2%

Writing was an area for developement in school in 2014 15. Although moderators from the local authority felt that our children were generally had very good compostional skills, we know that some children are finding writing difficult due to delays in speech and language and motor skills. To reduce these barriers to learning  the school has worked closely with therapists to develop our provision and improve outcomes.

Mathematics all pupils L1+ L2C+ L2B+ L2A+ L3+
School 97% 96% 85% 63% 31%
National 2014 98% 92% 80% 53% 24%
Difference -1% +4% +5% +10% +7%

This year saw another strong performance by the girls at level L3 which was identified as an area for development for the school by Ofsted.

End of Key stage results 2014

You will note from the tables below how well the children have achieved at the higher levels, reflecting the high aspirations that we have for our pupils. We closley monitor the progress and attainment of all children as indivuals and different groups. This is briefly summarised below the matrixes.

Reading all pupils L1+ L2C+ L2B+ L2A+ L3+
School 100% 93% 90% 69% 41%
National 98% 90% 81% 57% 31%
Difference +2% +3% +9% +12% +10%

Disadvantaged pupils made very good progress from a lower starting point and exceeded national levels for L2c and L2B. In the phonics screening test at the end of Y1 38% of children achieved the pass rate. This was below national levels. The rapid progress that they made in Y2 meant that 91% attained L2C and 73% L2B.  In 2015 we expect a higher percentage of the children to do well at higher levels. There were 11 children in this category.

Girls were slightly above at all levels apart from L3 where they were well above.

Shaw Cross boys attained very well compared to boys nationally and were above at all levels except at L2A+ where they were significantly above.

Special Educational Needs: 13 Y2 children were on our SEN register. They achieved above national levels at L2C and L2B showing a very good conversion rate from the Y1 phonics screening where they were below national levels.

Writing all pupils L1+ L2C+ L2B+ L2A+ L3+
School 98% 90% 75% 53% 19%
National 97% 86% 70% 39% 16%
Difference +1% +4% +5% +14% +2%

Pupils made good progress and met targets based on their attainment at the end of Reception and achieved broadly in line or above national levels. To achieve these good results there is a strong focus on providing contexts which motivate the children and teaching children how to imnprove their work through the inclusion of detail and adventurous word choices.   

Children with SEN:  There is a stong focus on developing speech and language and fine motor skills, which for some children are barriers to them succeeding in their writing.  

Disadvantaged pupils: Despite all making good progress, this group of children did not do as well as their peers nationally. With the measures that we have put in place in we expect an improvement in 2015.

Girls: Exceeded national levels at L2A and L3.  Boys exceeded at L2A and were in line at L3.

Mathematics all pupils L1+ L2C+ L2B+ L2A+ L3+
School 100% 92% 86% 58% 34%
National 98% 92% 80% 53% 24%
Difference +2% 0% +6% +5% +10%

2014 saw an increase in pupils attaining at higher levels and a slight decrease at lower levels, mainly due to a children with SEN and a child who had joined the school in Y1 with no English. This cohort made good progress, meeting or exceeding the targets set based on results at the end of Reception. For our girls we have the best result in four years and attribute this to the work we have undertaken since the last Ofsted inspection to amend pedagogy based on research undertaken to ascertain why girls who attain highly in Reception classes often begin to find Maths difficult by the time they reach Year 2. 

Disadvataged pupils: Exceeded at L2C and L2B (82% compared with 62% nationally) SEN: In line at L2B.

Girls: Broadly in line at L2C, L2B, L2A but above at L3. Boys: Exceeded at all levels except L2C.

End of Key stage results 2013

Reading all L1+ L2C+ L2B+ L2A+ L3+
School 100% 92% 83% 70% 34%
National 98% 89% 79% 55% 29%
Difference +2% +3% +4% +15% +5%


Writing all L1+ L2C+ L2B+ L2A+ L3+
School 94% 89% 77% 45% 21%
National 97% 85% 67% 37% 15%
Difference -3% +4% +10% +8% +14%


Mathematics all L1+ L2C+ L2B+ L2A+ L3+
School 100% 96% 85% 60% 21%
National 98% 91% 78% 51% 22%
Difference +2% +5% +7% +11% -1%

Children who are disadvantaged and those with SEN Average Points Score for Reading, Writing. Maths

2013 Both groups at achieved an Average Points Score for Reading, Writing and Maths higher or slightly higher than national averages showing an improvement on the previous year.

2013 Disadvataged (18)       SEN w/o statement (15) (8 disad) SEN with statement (3) (2 disad)
Shaw X 14.8 13.8 11.7
National 14.3 12.3 7.3

Results for 2014 showed a slight dip. Although there was an improvement in attainment in lower levels by these groups of children in Reading and Maths (L2C, L2B), lower numbers attaining at the higher levels (L2A and L3)  impacted on average points scores. In 2015 we  expect more disadvantaged children to achieve at higher levels.

2014 Disadvantaged (11)       SEN w/o statement (13) (6 disad) SEN with statement 
Shaw X 14.0 12.1 No chn in this category
National 14.6 12.5  


Due to carefully targetted teaching and learning and timely intervention, we saw a substantial improvement in the attainment of disadvantaged children across all subject and levels resulting in the narrowing of the attainment gap. 

2015 Disadvantaged (17) SEN w/o statement (6) (3 disadvant.) SEN with statement (2)
Shaw X 16.3 11.2 3.0
National 14.8 12.5 7.6
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