Clearwater Church of England Primary Academy

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About Clearwater Church of England Primary Academy

Name Clearwater Church of England Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Kate Moss
Address Clearwater Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 4GH
Phone Number 01452347690
Phase Academy
Type Free schools
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 188
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils thrive at this welcoming and inclusive school.

Since the school opened in 2017, the headteacher has instilled a strong spirit of teamwork and cooperation throughout the school and community. She has left no stone unturned in her quest to create a culture of high expectations for all.

Christian values of compassion, respect, community, joy, responsibility and courage underpin everything the school does.

Pupils behave impeccably in lessons and social times. They follow the school rules consistently without being reminded. Bullying is very rare.

Pupils say that if a problem occurs, leaders put a stop to it at once. This is a safe and happy place ...for pupils to learn in.

Leaders place a high priority on developing pupils' character.

Pupils learn the importance of being caring and thoughtful individuals. They can explain why British values, such as mutual respect and tolerance, are important. Pupils say to 'treat others how you want to be treated'.

Staff and parents praise the positive and visible leadership at the school. Many parents commented on the sense of community, nurture and care afforded to every child.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have made sure that there is a sharp focus on pupils' language and communication skills throughout the curriculum.

This begins in Reception Year, where children enjoy listening to and acting out stories in the 'reading garden'. Well-trained staff are on hand to guide and support children to develop their spoken language. Across the school, adults encourage pupils to speak clearly and in full sentences.

Pupils are confident about using their talk partners to share their thoughts and ideas. This helps to deepen learning so they achieve well.

Leaders give reading a high profile in school.

The library and reading areas are stimulating and full of interesting books for pupils to enjoy. Children in Reception Year get off to a strong start learning phonics. This continues into key stage 1.

Staff use assessment well. They quickly spot and offer extra help to pupils who are not keeping up with the pace of the phonics programme. In key stage 2, pupils enjoy a rich diet of carefully chosen books.

These help to develop pupils' vocabulary, comprehension and understanding of the wider world.

Leaders have designed a broad and ambitious curriculum. It is particularly strong in English, science and mathematics.

Knowledgeable subject leaders have carefully mapped the essential concepts pupils need to learn. Teachers use quizzes to help pupils recall prior learning before moving on to something new. For example, in science, Year 2 pupils used their knowledge of what animals need to survive, before applying this to new learning.

However, in some of the foundation subjects, leaders' curriculum thinking does not always make clear the most important knowledge that pupils need to know and remember. As a result, pupils do not have the same depth of knowledge as they do in other subjects.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) benefit from an inclusive and caring ethos.

Staff waste no time in getting to know pupils' precise needs. They provide timely and effective support to enable them to be taught the same curriculum as their peers. As a result, pupils with SEND achieve well from their starting points.

The management of pupils' behaviour is exceptional. Leaders and staff have the highest of expectations for pupils' conduct. Pupils know why it is important to do the right thing.

Consequently, poor behaviour does not disrupt learning. Pupils take pride in all they do, from leading assemblies to helping a friend in need. Their attitudes to learning are exemplary.

Pupils' attendance is excellent because they love coming to school.

Leaders offer an impressive range of opportunities beyond the academic. They weave these carefully into the curriculum.

For example, during 'Wheely Day', pupils learned about road safety and the importance of exercise. Leaders celebrate pupils' understanding of different cultures, beliefs and faiths. Pupils say that they know to be kind and to value everyone.

Leaders are successfully growing a community of compassionate and responsible young citizens.

Trust leaders and governors share the school leaders' vision of 'small steps to big dreams'. They know what is going well in the school and what needs further improvement.

Governors ask challenging questions and hold leaders to account for their actions. Additionally, trust leaders have well-developed systems to check the effectiveness of school leaders' actions. Staff unanimously agree that leaders support them to do their job well.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have effective systems in place to prioritise pupils' safety. The procedures for the safe recruitment of staff are thorough.

All staff, including governors, receive high-quality training. Staff are confident about noticing and reporting on any signs of concern. Leaders act quickly and offer timely support to families in need of help.

Central trust leaders' monitoring of the school's safeguarding work is strong.

Pupils feel safe and secure in school. They know many ways to keep themselves safe, including online safety and healthy relationships.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some foundation subjects, leaders' curriculum thinking is not as well developed as it is in others. In these subjects, pupils' recall and application of essential knowledge are not as strong. Leaders need to ensure that the relevant knowledge and skills are made more explicit across all subjects, so that pupils build on prior learning and deepen their understanding.

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