Boskenwyn Community Primary School

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Boskenwyn Community Primary School

Name Boskenwyn Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 May 2012
Address Boskenwyn, Near Gweek, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0NG
Phone Number 01326572618
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 84 (60% boys 40% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 12.5
Local Authority Cornwall
Percentage Free School Meals 19%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.7%
Persisitent Absence 15.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 48.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. An above-average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above the national average, as is the proportion of pupils joining or leaving the school at other than the normal times. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in a mixed Reception/Years 1 and 2 class, which has use of additional indoor and outdoor facilities provided since the previous inspection. A part-time pre-school currently catering for five children has recently been established within this class; as it is managed by the governing body, it was included in this inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher leads the school for three days each week and an assistant headteacher oversees the school for the remaining two days. The school is part of a larger cooperative of primary and secondary schools.

Key findings

Boskenwyn is a good school with an inclusive ethos that strongly promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It is not yet outstanding because occasionally there is some inconsistency in the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress. Nevertheless, the individual support that each pupil receives from caring staff helps pupils to feel valued and achieve well. Attainment is broadly average by the end of Year 6, but a majority of pupils demonstrate good speaking and listening skills. Pupils also make particularly positive progress in reading, attaining average levels of skill by the end of Year 2 and, as they mature, above-average skills by the time they leave the school. However, less-developed handwriting and untidily presented work by some pupils detract from the imaginative quality of their writing. The quality of teaching is good, with very supportive relationships underpinning productive learning across the school. As a result, children make a good start in Reception and currently, alongside pre-school children, greatly enjoy exploring the stimulating range of learning opportunities provided for them. The quality of pupils’ learning through Years 1 and 2 is enhanced by additional teaching provided this year. At times, progress slows during adult-led sessions when independent learning and challenge are not matched closely enough to pupils’ abilities. Pupils sustain their eagerness to learn as they move into the Years 3 to 6 class, where, in response to sharply focused teaching, progress accelerates. Pupils’ behaviour and safety are good. Pupils say they feel safe and their attitudes to learning are often outstanding, especially during assemblies and practical learning activities. The headteacher, well supported by staff and the governing body, leads an effective team approach to monitoring and managing performance, especially teaching. Together, they provide good leadership and management, and sustain continued improvement.