Drake Primary Academy

Name Drake Primary Academy
Website http://www.drakeprimaryschool.co.uk/
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 15 July 2015
Address 1 Johnston Terrace Ope, Keyham, Plymouth, Devon, PL2 2EN
Phone Number 01752567649
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 199 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.6
Academy Sponsor Reach South Academy Trust
Local Authority Plymouth
Percentage Free School Meals 20.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7%
Persisitent Absence 9.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs is just above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding which supports pupils known to be eligible for free school meals) is above the national average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Early years provision consists of a Reception class providing full-time education. The school is part of a Trust made up a group of six, soon to be seven, neighbouring primary schools which collaborate to help strengthen work between schools and the community. The school provides a breakfast club which is managed by the governing body. There is a privately run after-school club on the school site. This provision was not part of the inspection at this time and is in addition to the activities provided by the school, The school holds the Silver Bike It+, Sainsbury’s Silver School Games Mark and Bronze Level Healthy Child Quality Mark.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, senior leaders, managers and governors work well together to secure improvements for the school. They are fully committed to continually extending the quality of teaching and pupils’ learning and progress. Good teaching helps pupils to achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics during their time at the school. Teachers and teaching assistants work together effectively as a team to help pupils to learn well. Pupils feel safe and are well behaved. They are keen to learn. They are encouraged to take on responsibilities including looking after each other. Effective pastoral care ensures pupils are safe. Pupils say they know who they would talk to should they have a concern. Children in early years make good progress because : they are taught well. There is a wide range of interesting resources available to support their learning. The curriculum captures pupils’ interest and contributes well to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This is a strength of the school. Governors visit the school regularly and are well informed. They both challenge and support the school to maintain the drive to raise standards. The vast majority of parents and carers are very happy with the school. They report that ‘the school goes the extra mile to support children and their families’. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Pupils are not always given enough time to act upon teachers’ feedback on how they can improve their work. Sometimes work does not challenge pupils’ thinking, especially for the most-able. Pupils do not have enough opportunities to develop their mathematical and writing skills consistently in different subjects. Pupils who receive the pupil premium funding do not achieve as well as their peers in reading, writing and mathematics.