Fletewood School at Derry Villas

Name Fletewood School at Derry Villas
Website http://fletewoodschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 March 2017
Address 88 North Road East, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 6AN
Phone Number 01752663782
Type Independent
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Seventh Day Adventist
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Plymouth
Percentage Free School Meals 0%

Information about this school

Fletewood School is a co-educational Christian school for pupils aged between 3 and 11 years. It opened in 1919 and is located close to the centre of Plymouth. The school premises are a large Victorian house with an outdoor play area owned by the South England Conference Seventh Day Adventist Church. The new headteacher was appointed in September 2016. There is no senior management team. Three new members of the teaching staff were appointed also in September 2016. There are currently 65 pupils on roll with 19 children in the early years foundation stage, 12 of whom attend part-time. The Nursery caters for up to 16 children and all other year groups have a maximum number of eight children per year group. From Year 1, two year groups are taught together with a maximum of 16 pupils in total. Admission is non-selective. One pupil has an education, health and care plan. The school accepts pupils of different faiths or no faith. The school’s aims state that it is ‘dedicated to the discovery of excellence in each child’. The website provides all the required information for parents and prospective parents. The school’s last inspection was in July 2012 when it met all the independent school standards except for appropriate provision for pupils who are sick or injured. This has now been rectified.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The new headteacher has maintained the high standards already established in the school. She has created a cohesive team with an almost entirely new staff who work very well together. As a result, pupils continue to thrive and achieve well. The headteacher has developed a new system of observations of teaching and this has helped teachers to plan more effectively to meet the needs of individual pupils and groups of pupils. The curriculum covers all the required areas of learning and is planned with imagination and creativity so that pupils focus well, deepen their knowledge and are curious to learn more. Teaching is strong. Regular assessment of pupils’ work is used to plan next steps so that pupils know how to progress. At times, pupils are not encouraged to move on to more challenging work when they are ready for it. The highly positive ethos of the school, regular assemblies and personal, social and health education (PSHE) contribute exceptionally well to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils learn to be thoughtful and considerate. They are extremely well looked after by a caring and committed staff. Children in the early years make good progress in their learning and personal development. They are kept safe and well looked after by a team of highly-committed staff. The behaviour of pupils is exemplary. There is little disruption or lack of focus in lessons. Pupils are mature in their approach to learning. They share their curiosity and eagerness to learn with staff who fully encourage them at all times. Pupils who join the school at a later stage of their education, and who often need to catch up, are given good support and quickly begin to improve in their learning. Pupils develop improved self-confidence and self-esteem as a result of the support and they thrive. The headteacher and board of governors have ensured that all of the independent school standards and statutory requirements for the early years foundation stage are met. However, governors do not scrutinise documentation and policies regularly enough to fully support the work of the school. In discussion and in questionnaires, parents report that they are very appreciative of all that the headteacher and her staff provide for the academic and personal development of their children. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.