Cockington Primary School

Name Cockington Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 16 May 2012
Address Old Mill Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 6AP
Phone Number 01803214100
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 594 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.5
Academy Sponsor Coast Academies
Local Authority Torbay
Percentage Free School Meals 27.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.8%
Persisitent Absence 9.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Cockington Community Primary is a larger than average school. The considerable majority of pupils come from families with White British backgrounds but there are a variety of minority ethnic groups. Most of these pupils are from Asian backgrounds or other White backgrounds, many of which are Polish. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is smaller than average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. The proportion of pupils who are disabled or who have special educational needs and are being supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is similar to that found nationally. Each cohort of pupils is taught in two parallel classes. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher took up post eighteen months ago. Pupils have the opportunity of attending a breakfast club run by the school. A privately run pre-school group is run from the school site and was not part of this inspection.

Key findings

Cockington Community Primary is a good school. Significant improvements have been made to the quality of teaching with the result that pupils make good progress throughout the school. The school is not yet outstanding because the curriculum, although effectively meeting the academic needs of pupils in English and mathematics, does not provide the range of exciting and memorable activities that would further motivate pupils’ interest in learning, and not enough teaching is yet outstanding. Pupils achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics in all classes and particularly strongly in Years 5 and 6 so that attainment has risen significantly this year. The proportion of pupils working at the higher than expected standards of Levels 5 and 6 in the current Year 6 is high. This rapid improvement in both attainment and progress is the result of much improved teaching that is addressing past weaknesses in learning. Good teaching is evident in all year groups with some that is outstanding. Activities are usually well matched to pupils needs, but the levels of challenge are sometimes inconsistent. Pupils’ spiritual moral social and cultural development is good overall, but the curriculum does not always stimulate pupils’ independent learning skills consistently and opportunities for pupils to appreciate the world around them are sometimes missed. The vast majority of pupils behave well, are courteous, kind and thoughtful. Pupils concentrate effectively on their work and want to do well. Pupils have a good understanding of how to keep safe and feel very safe at school. Attendance has improved considerably but remains broadly average. The determination and strong leadership of the headteacher have been instrumental in moving the school forward. Staff and governors share the headteacher’s strength of purpose with the result that there has been a significant and concerted focus on improving teaching and managing the school’s performance. The results can be clearly seen in the improvements in pupils’ achievement, in behaviour and in attendance and show the school’s capacity for further improvement.