Covingham Park Primary School

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About Covingham Park Primary School

Name Covingham Park Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address The Harriers, Covingham Park, Swindon, SN3 5BD
Phone Number 01793525465
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 365 (50.7% boys 49.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.9
Local Authority Swindon
Percentage Free School Meals 15.30%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.6%
Persistent Absence 8.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.9%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Covingham Park has improved well since the previous inspection and is still improving.

The headteacher, with effective support from the deputy headteacher and governors, secures consistently good teaching throughout the school. The good teaching, learning and assessment are typified by the conscientiousness and skill of staff in promoting pupils' confidence in learning. This results in pupils making better progress than in the past.

Pupils apply themselves well to their learning. Consequently, they make good progress during their time in the school. The average levels of attainment at the end of Year 6 in 2015 reflect pupils' good progres...s from their varying starting points.

The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is good. Pupils feel safe and are safeguarded well at school. Phonics and reading are given a high priority and are now taught well.

The governing body has an accurate understanding of the school's strengths, and checks that leaders are tackling the remaining areas for improvement effectively. Children make a successful start in the early years in response to good teaching, support and the stimulating experiences provided for them. Pupils behave well in lessons and in the playground.

They apply themselves well to their work and are proud of their achievements. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Marking is inconsistent as it does not identify incorrect spellings, especially in subjects other than English. Relatively recent developments and changes to middle leadership roles have not yet had time to impact on pupils' outcomes.

Pupils' handwriting and spelling skills are not always fully developed. This restricts their ability to write fluently and confidently. Occasionally, not enough is demanded of some pupils, especially the most-able pupils.


Information about this school

Covingham Park Primary is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are White British. A smaller than average number of pupils is from minority ethnic backgrounds and an even smaller percentage speak English as an additional language.

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported through the pupil premium is lower than average. The pupil premium is extra government funding to help the education of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is above average.

The school has had a turnover of one third of the teaching force since the previous inspection. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Early years provision is full-time in the Reception classes.

The school has an informal partnership with the Dorcan Cluster/Dorcan Academy. Privately run before- and after-school clubs and an independent pre-school operate on the school site and share some of the school's facilities. They are managed independently and so they were not a part of this inspection.