Eaton Primary School

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About Eaton Primary School

Name Eaton Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms Kate Estlea
Address Duverlin Close, Norwich, NR4 6HS
Phone Number 01603502454
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 402
Local Authority Norfolk
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Eaton Primary School continues to be a good school.The headteacher of this school is Kate Estlea.

This school is part of Evolution Academy Trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school. The trust is run by the chief executive officer, Craig Avieson, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Drew Whitehead.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud of their school.

They enjoy being part of a warm, welcoming community. Pupils thrive in an environment where happiness permeates the school. Older pupils who are peer mediators look out for and help younger pupils.

Pupils know there is always someone to h...elp them if they have worries about anything.

Pupils enjoy learning and want to share their achievements. They engage in activities with enthusiasm.

They strive to meet the high expectations that their teachers have for them. As a result, the majority of pupils work hard. In many cases, pupils produce work of high quality.

Pupils enjoy how visitors to the school and the trips they experience bring their learning to life. Consequently, many pupils achieve well.

The majority of pupils behave impeccably.

Around the school they move purposefully and safely. In social times pupils play well together and are considerate of each other. Pupils' learning is rarely disrupted.

In the few occasions where pupils' behaviour interrupts lessons, teachers are quick to intervene.

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

The school has developed a curriculum that is ambitious for all pupils. Subject specialists have identified the important knowledge that pupils need to know.

They have then determined the best order to teach this information to ensure pupils learn well. This means teachers know exactly what to teach and when. Pupils are able to use what they already know to help them learn new curriculum content.

Teachers have a secure subject knowledge of the subjects they teach. They use their expertise to break down complex ideas into small, easy-to-understand content. In most subjects this ensures that teachers explain important information clearly.

This enables pupils to successfully consider well-crafted responses to problems. The school provides teachers with training in the most effective ways to teach. However, teachers have not had the time to consider how to use these teaching approaches in different subjects.

This means that sometimes teaching is not as effective as it could be. Where this is the case, pupils take longer to learn and are not given the chance to explore content in the depth the curriculum sets out.

Teachers ask well-thought-out questions to determine what pupils know.

However, sometimes what they ask is not precise enough to ensure they know what pupils have learned. This makes it difficult for teachers to determine exactly where pupils have gaps in knowledge or clearly identify misconceptions. Teachers are not always aware if all pupils are ready to move on.

Consequently, pupils struggle to recall some important information over time.

Reading is a priority. Staff are well trained.

Phonics and the teaching of early reading are consistent. The books that pupils read are closely matched to the sounds they have learned. Pupils are able to practise new sounds while embedding what they have learned.

Those who struggle are well supported by targeted interventions. Pupils become confident and fluent readers.

The school supports pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) well.

Staff identify accurately pupils' needs. They make sure plans have clear strategies to support pupils, so they overcome barriers to learning. Where teachers make adaptations for pupils with SEND, they extend these changes to all pupils.

Additional support or intervention, when needed, are well thought out and successful. Consequently, pupils with SEND learn well.

The early years curriculum is well planned.

Continuous provision is carefully designed to balance children's individual interests with activities that support learning. Play is purposeful. Children learn to share and cooperate.

They develop a broad vocabulary and communicate clearly. Children are well prepared for key stage 1.

Pupils understand the high expectations the school has for their conduct.

The majority of pupils behave well. Teachers deal quickly and effectively with incidents where pupils' conduct falls below what they expect.

Pupils value the diversity of their school community.

They enjoy sharing experiences about their own faith or culture. Pupils see difference as something to celebrate. Visitors to school help them experience religious festivals from a range of beliefs.

Pupils understand about important topics such as tolerance and democracy.

The school and the trust place great importance on maintaining a healthy and happy staff. They appreciate the efforts staff make to improve the school.

Staff feel valued and are proud to work at the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Teachers' use of assessment is not always precise.

This means that in some cases teachers are unaware that pupils are not ready to move on, which leads to pupils' learning not being as secure as it needs to be. The school should ensure that teachers are trained to use the most effective methods of assessment to determine if all pupils are ready to move on with their learning. ? Teachers do not have the opportunity to fully consider how different pedagogical approaches should be adapted for different subjects.

This means that at times teachers do not adapt their teaching to maximise learning opportunities for pupils. The school should ensure that subject specialists are able to work with staff to ensure that they know how best to use pedagogical approaches within specific subject areas.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in January 2018.

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