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This is a good school The trust, governors and leaders have successfully managed the school since its opening in 2015.
The school's values are understood well by pupils, and promoted consistently. Leaders have built strong links with parents and carers, who are highly supportive of the school. Leaders' positive actions ensure that pupils' attendance and punctuality are above the national average.
A broad and rich curriculum successfully develops pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Good teaching enables pupils to attain highly. In 2018, key stage 1 pupils' attainment in reading, writing and mathematics was above national.
Strong ...phonics teaching enables pupils to read fluently and with good understanding. Year 1 phonics attainment is well above the national expected standard. Children progress well in early years and are well prepared for the next stage of their education in Year 1.
Disadvantaged pupils make good progress and attain highly across the school. Pupils' personal development and welfare are outstanding because of the many opportunities to develop their health and well-being. Pupils' behaviour is good.
Pupils make good progress across the curriculum. They develop good skills in subjects such as history and geography. However, the most able pupils do not make the progress of which they are capable because they are not challenged with work that deepens their understanding.
Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do not make as much progress as they could. This is because these pupils have work that is not closely matched to their needs. This is particularly the case when working with additional adults.
Leaders have prioritised improvement in pupils' writing. Pupils write at length with good composition. However, teachers' expectations of pupils' handwriting, especially for boys, are variable.
Middle leaders are new to their roles. They are at too early a stage of their training and development to have made a significant difference.
Information about this school
Ark Byron Primary Academy opened in September 2015 at a temporary site located in another school.
The school moved to a newly built site in February 2018. It currently caters for pupils up to Year 3. When full, there will be 420 pupils on roll.
The school is part of Ark Schools multi-academy trust. The trust holds overall responsibility for governance and delegates some responsibility to a local governing body. The principal was appointed in September 2018, and has been the head of school since June 2015.
She is supported by the executive principal. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below average.
The majority of pupils come from White British families. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals is similar to the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below the national average.
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