Fishtoft Academy

Name Fishtoft Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 November 2014
Address Gaysfield Road, Fishtoft, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 0SF
Phone Number 01205363139
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 55 (59% boys 41% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.8
Academy Sponsor The Boston Witham Academies Federation
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Percentage Free School Meals 36.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 18.2%
Persisitent Absence 11.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 29.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school converted to become an academy school in January 2012 and is part of the Phoenix Family of Schools Academy Trust. When its predecessor school, The Fishtoft School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be requiring significant improvement. The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. The majority of the pupils are White British. Over a third of pupils are from minority ethnic groups of other White background. Over a third speak English as an additional language. This is well above the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is equivalent to three pupils in 10. This is well above the national average. The pupil premium funding, which provides support for disadvantaged pupils, supports a third of the pupils in the school. This is above the national average. A higher-than-average proportion of pupils enters or leaves the school at other than the normal term times. Children in the Reception Year attend full time. They are educated in a class with Year 1 and Year 2 pupils. The other classes are also mixed-age. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Since becoming an academy, the school has experienced staff and leadership changes. A new head of school took up post in September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leaders, managers and governors strive for excellence. Their effective actions and their determination have quickly raised pupils’ achievement and improved the quality of teaching since the academy opened. Leaders ensure that good behaviour is promoted consistently and have improved pupils’ attendance significantly. All staff make sure activities promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They get on well together and they say they feel safe. They value their small school community and welcome those from different backgrounds. Leaders’ checks on teaching quality are rigorous and effective. Teaching is good. Teachers provide interesting tasks that stimulate learning and which pupils enjoy. Pupils achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics. They use their reading and writing skills well in a range of subjects. Children get off to a good start in the Reception Year and achieve well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The teaching of number facts and the use of mathematics in a range of subjects lacks consistency. Tasks for the most-able pupils are not always sufficiently challenging. Teachers’ expectations about how much can be achieved by pupils, and how it is presented, are not always high enough. Leaders do not yet involve parents fully in understanding their children’s learning.