Apley Wood Primary School

Name Apley Wood Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 October 2013
Address Pool Farm Avenue, Apley, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 6FQ
Phone Number 01952386180
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 417 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.6
Local Authority Telford and Wrekin
Percentage Free School Meals 13.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.1%
Persisitent Absence 8%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Apley Wood Primary is larger than most other primary schools. Most pupils are White British and speak English fluently. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average. At Apley Wood, this additional funding applies to pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those in local authority care. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is also average. The school provides a breakfast club and after-school care, managed by the governing body. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the previous inspection, the school has become a Foundation school with charitable trust status. It is now part of the Beacon Co-operative Learning Trust and works closely with three other local primary schools, a secondary school and a small number of other educational partners. The school has received several awards recently including a Gold Primary Science Quality Mark, an International Schools award and a Basic Skills Quality Mark.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Effective leadership has led to considerable improvements since the previous inspection, particularly in relation to teaching and achievement. Pupils make good progress across the school and standards have risen in reading, writing and mathematics. By the time they leave Year 6, pupils now reach standards which are above average. Teaching is typically good and some lessons are outstanding. Lessons are well planned and meet pupils’ individual needs. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs receive additional adult support and help from specialist agencies. As a result, these pupils achieve well. Pupils feel safe, behave well and work hard in lessons. They enjoy school and this is shown in their above-average attendance. The headteacher has set a clear and ambitious direction for the school. This is shared and supported wholly by all staff and governors. As a result, staff morale is high and teamwork is highly effective. The rigorous checks done by leaders and managers and additional training provided have ensured that teaching has improved. Governors have a good knowledge and understanding of how well the school is doing. They provide appropriate levels of challenge and support to all leaders. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Sometimes adults do not ask pupils questions that make them think hard enough. When teachers are working with particular groups, they do not always check on other groups to make sure they are doing as well. Pupils do not always get the chance to act on the advice given by teachers in their marking. Subject leaders do not make full use of information about pupils’ progress to help develop their subjects further.