Cobden Primary School & Community Centre

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About Cobden Primary School & Community Centre

Name Cobden Primary School & Community Centre
Ofsted Inspections
Address Cobden Street, Loughborough, LE11 1AF
Phone Number 01509263485
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 366 (51.9% boys 48.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.0
Academy Sponsor Cobden Primary School
Local Authority Leicestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 41.00%
Percentage English is Not First Language 50.7%
Persistent Absence 13.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.0%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and governors are ambitious for the school. As a result of their decisive actions, standards improved significantly in 2017.

This applies equally to the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils. Leaders have made sure that improvements have been sustained and strengthened throughout the current academic year. Leaders have ensured that the well-designed curriculum enables pupils to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills.

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good throughout the school. Teachers have high expectations for what pupils can achieve. Teachers and support staff use questioning effectively t...o challenge pupils' thinking and deepen their understanding.

The teaching of reading is effective. Pupils of all ages say they enjoy books and an increasing number are confident readers. The teaching of mathematics is improving.

Pupils have regular opportunities to develop good mathematical reasoning. However, some pupils' presentation in mathematics is untidy. The teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling has improved significantly over the past two years.

In 2017, standards of attainment at the end of key stage 2 exceeded the national average. Pupils' positive attitudes to learning have a good impact on their progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Safeguarding is effective.

Pupils say they feel safe and the school has a culture of care and concern for pupils' welfare. However, governors have not completed all of their training. In the early years, staff place strong emphasis on developing children's early language skills.

As a result, the majority of children who speak English as an additional language receive effective support and quickly begin to speak, read and write in English. The leadership and teaching in the early years is effective but the outdoor area is uninviting and not used productively. Nevertheless, the majority of children make good progress in their learning and are well prepared for Year 1.

Although attendance is improving, persistent absence is still high.

Information about this school

Cobden Primary School is larger than the average primary school. The school is a charitable company known as Cobden Primary School Academy Trust.

The governors act as the trustees and are also the directors, for the purposes of company law. At the time of the inspection, the post of chair of the governing body was vacant. The school works in collaboration with a group of local schools known as the Loughborough Primary Academy Partnership.

In 2016, the on-site pre-school provision was incorporated into the school. This provision caters for children aged two to four and comes under the management of the governing body of the school. The early years provision consists of two Reception classes, which are taught as one unit, and a Nursery class, which caters for children aged two to four.

The Nursery is known to the school and to parents as 'Pre-School'. Less than half of the pupils are White British. The rest come from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds, including a well-above-average proportion who speak English as an additional language.

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is in line with the national average. The school meets the current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.