Ofsted and Finance


Since the school opened in September 2008, we have undergone four inspections.

Our first was in January 2010 and was led by Pat Kime of HMI. In January 2012 we were selected to take part in a Subject Specific Inspection. This inspection was led by Jane Jones HMI. Our third inspection was in October 2012. The latest inspection was in March 2017.

Our OFSTED reports can be found by following this link:

Pensby Primary OFSTED reports

We encourage parents to leave their views on how the school is performing through Parent Link. This can also be found through the OFSTED reports link above.


Pensby Primary School serves a richly diverse community that includes pupils entitled to ‘Pupil Premium’ grants. This report summarises the Pupil Premium Grant allocation, spending and impact for the academic year 2016/17.

Group Details 2017/18
Total number of children on roll 211 at year end
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG 33
Amount received per pupil FSM £1320
Additional LAC funding £7600
Total amount of PPG received £63,000

The expenditure of the 2017/18 PPG mirrors much of that in 2016/17 in the areas that supported these pupils to meet or exceeded the national trend for PPG performance. Some new strategies were introduced to support these pupils and theri families.

Uniform and equipment                                                          £1,320

1:1 support for social and emotional interventions                 £1,400

Support for trips and visits general                                         £1,320

Support for residential visits                                                    £700

1:1 support for complex needs                                               £13,065

1;1 support for phonics                                                           £1,800

1:1 intervention work for reading, writing and maths              £12,200

1:1 intervention for SEND/Dyscalculia                                   £12,200

Reduce class size      (inclu in F1 and F2)                             £6,960

Lunchtime support                                                                  £1,640

After school enrichment                                                         £450

Travel                                                                                     £350

Total spend                                                                           £87,805

The impact of this spend for 2017/18, is that the large majority of disadvantaged pupils made at least expected progress with the majority making more than expected progress.Further details of impact can be found in the Pupil Premium Strategy 2017/18 document, using the link below.

Our Strategy for the use of Pupil Premium funding for 2018/19 can also be accessed here:

pupil premium strategy review of 2016 2017 and plans for 2017 2018 updated MT


Pensby Primary School utilises the PE grant in a number of ways to promote a number of sports across the school. The DFE states that conditions of the PE grant are:

The premium must be spent by schools on making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles. The Secretary of State does not consider the following expenditure as falling within the scope of additional or sustainable improvement:

·         employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements<https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-teachers-pay-and-conditions-2015> – these should come out of schools’ core staffing budgets

·         teaching the minimum requirements of the national curriculum PE programmes of study – including those specified for swimming

The minimum requirements from the PE programme of study are:

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

·         swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

·         use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]

·         perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

The use of the some PE grant in our school for swimming is IN ADDITION to the minimum requirements of the programmes of study. It:

1.     provides swimming instruction to all school pupils across 3 key stages (EYFS, KS1 and KS2) annually,
2.    Trains and teaches pupils not only correct stroke use, but the correct breathing techniques required to swim, so enabling them to swim stronger and longer, ​
3. Promotes aspects of PSED including development of resilience, independence and confidence, 
4. Allows children access to high quality coaching annually who would otherwise be unable to access this due to social and/or financial constraints.

Pensby Primary School uses some of  the PE grant to fund additional swimming lessons for all pupils from Nursery through to year 6. We are fortunate that we access to swimming  facilities on site to enable us to do this. In addition to this, we employ a Sports Coach/lunchtime MDA to deliver lunchtime sport and activities to the pupils.

The impact of this targeted spending is that, by the end of year 6 in 2017/18, 97% of the pupils had reached the national expectation in swimming and were able to swim at least 25 metres unaided. In addition to this the pupils who swam this distance used the correct bi-lateral breathing techniques. All pupils from reception to year 6 continued to spend at least 30 minutes per week in their block of swimming lessons  with the sports coach so increasing their exercise time. 

We employ a two Sports Manager who work with the Midday Assistant team to promote sport across the curriculum and within lunchtime periods. An emphasis on team games such as netball, basketball and football was promoted. The impact of this was that more pupils continue to be involved in a range of sports. The cost of the sports Midday is £2,900. Pensby Primary has employed an additional teacher to deliver a PE curriculum day weekly that will be accessed by the whole school. This member of staff focuses on the introduction of new sports, the development of traditional sports and increasing competition. They  focus on skills that are weak throughout the school and deliver extra targeted support to those children that require it by auditing PE assessments and identifying target areas for improvement for small groups and whole classes. This is all delivered through our new ‘Fitness Fridays’ programme. In 2017/18 a major investment into sports equipment was also made to support the delivery of addtional PE activites. Finally the Soft Federation have worked together to promote compete sports events, such as the Dodd Cup (football). The cost of transport etc is £500. We also developed the playground area with sports pitches for netball and football practice in preparation for competition. The break down of the grant spend is:

Additional Swimming coaches and lifeguard for KS1 and EYFS lessons                        £3,000

Sport Midday                                                                                                                    £1694

Sports  teacher                                                                                                                 £4167

Soft Federation inter school competition costs                                                                £1000

New Sports equipment for Sports Manager and Sports teacher                                      £2167

Redevelopment of Sport storgae to include outdoor storage                                           £6,000

Total for PE grant expenditure 2017/18                                                                        £17,128

Total PE grant recived in 2017/18                                                                                    £14,132