The Context of our School
Malton Primary Academy is set in the heart of the Peasey Hills housing estate in Malton; this is an area which has been identified by the local council as requiring significant improvement in order to align itself with the rest of the locality. The School’s Modeshift STARS lead and Headteacher have worked relentlessly to improve the local area with regards to traffic, road safety and environment, for example, they have campaigned for Malton in Bloom to have a presence on the Peasey Hills estate. This had added an increased feeling of value and belonging to the wider community. In addition, work with the local council has seen a ban on heavy lorries passing the school during peak drop off and collection times. The school is currently supporting the ‘Twenty is Plenty’ campaign and improvements to the local play park.
The area served by the school has changed significantly since 2015 and data released in 2019 demonstrates increased deprivation. The number of pupils in receipt of the pupil premium grant is at its highest with 30% of pupils in receipt of the grant; this is higher than the national figure of 22%.
Despite Malton recently being named as a desirable place to live, a growing number of the school’s parents seek support from the local food bank. Average weekly earnings in Ryedale were significantly below England and Ryedale has one of the lowest weekly earnings when compared to the other districts in North Yorkshire.
The proportion of pupils aged 5-15 with special educational needs in North Yorkshire has increased slowly between 2016 and 2018. 16% of pupils in school are on the Special Educational Needs Register which is lower than the national figure. 29% of these pupils are also in receipt of free school meals.
The demographic of the school is changing. There are currently 191 pupils on role in Reception to Year 6, with an additional 19 in Nursery and 11 children in the school’s 2-year-old provision. In year mobility is increasing and 21 pupils, in addition to Nursery pupils, have joined the school during the autumn term 2022. 9 of these pupils are new arrivals without English. 82% of the school population are white British; other ethnicities include Chinese, Gypsy/Roma, white Eastern European, Black African, Indian and Turkish.