Appledore School

Name Appledore School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Richmond Road, Appledore, Bideford, EX39 1PF
Phone Number 01237474365
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 254 (46.5% boys 53.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.6
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 0.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 2.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (05 March 2015)
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Information about this school

The school is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school. All pupils in the Reception class attend full time. The school also runs a 26-place Nursery that provides morning and afternoon care for 41 children. Most children attend one session a day. The school has one class in each of the year groups. There are no mixed-age classes The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is broadly in line with the national average. The proportion of the pupils in the school that receives support funded by the pupil premium is below that seen nationally. The pupil premium is funding provided to give extra support to those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to children who are looked after. Nearly all pupils are from a White British background. The school met the government’s current floor standards in 2014, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The headteacher joined the school in September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The progress most pupils in school are now making in reading, writing and mathematics is good. In 2014 national tests, the attainment of pupils by the end of Year 6 in reading and writing was above the national average. In mathematics, it was in line. In the same tests, the proportion of the most able pupils in Year 6 who achieved above average standards was greater than the national average in reading, writing and mathematics. The proportion of children who achieved a good level of development by the end of the Reception year in 2014 was much higher than the national average. Children are well prepared for the move into Year 1. The behaviour of pupils in school is good. They try hard in class and are keen to do well. Pupils say they are well cared for and well looked after in school. They say they feel safe. Since joining the school, the headteacher has quickly drawn up plans to improve the quality of teaching to previously high levels. He is raising the expectations of everyone working in the school. Senior and middle leaders provide good support to the headteacher. They are clear about their roles and are having an impact in moving the teaching back to outstanding levels. The social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of pupils is good. The school fosters good relationships and tackles discrimination robustly if it ever occurs. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils across the school do not make as much progress in writing as they do in reading and mathematics. Planned activities are not always challenging enough in some foundation subjects. Teachers do not always use teaching assistants effectively to support the learning of all groups of pupils.