Malton Primary

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 the previous 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 has excellent links with the local police who regularly attend school to build relationships with pupils and run the highly successful Mini Police Initiative. This enables our Upper KS2 pupils to take on important leadership roles within the local community.

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 33% of pupils in receipt of the grant; this is higher than the national figure of 23.8%.

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. 14% of pupils in school are on the Special Educational Needs Register which is lower than the national figure. 27% of these pupils are also in receipt of free school meals.

The demographic of the school is changing. There are currently 179 pupils on role in Reception to Year 6, with an additional 23 in Nursery. In year mobility is increasing and 25 pupils, in addition to Nursery pupils, have joined the school during the 2023.24 year so far. Many of these pupils are new arrivals from Nigeria and Zimbabwe with English as an additional language. 93% of the school population are white British; other ethnicities include Chinese, Gypsy/Roma, white Eastern European, Black African, Iraqi, Syrian and Turkish.