Forest View Primary School

Name Forest View Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 June 2015
Address Latimer Road, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 2QA
Phone Number 01594822241
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 356 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.7
Academy Sponsor Forest View Primary School
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 28.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.6%
Persisitent Absence 15.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.5%
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 primary school. The school converted to become an academy in February 2013. When its predecessor school, of the same name, was last inspected in September 2011 it was judged as good overall. The large majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is above 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 twice the national average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Pupils are taught in some mixed age classes in both Key Stage 1 and 2. Early years provision consists of two Reception classes offering full-time education. The school is part of the West Gloucestershire Support Partnership a group of 37 local schools who work together to help raise standards and improve experiences for pupils. The school is linked to Dene Magna Secondary School as part of the Teaching School Alliance. The school has close links with the University of Gloucestershire and contributes to the initial teaching programme. The school provides a breakfast club which is managed by the governing body. The school also provides a number of after-school clubs, which include art, dance, friendship and homework club. The school holds the Achievement for All Quality Lead Award and Healthy Schools Plus status.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher and his deputy provide clear direction for staff. They are well supported by leaders at all levels, including governors, to further improve the progress all pupils make. Children in the early years get off to a good start in their learning. This ensures they are prepared well to start Year 1. Pupils make good progress in their learning and standards in reading, writing and mathematics are rising quickly. Disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs are supported well by work provided that is appropriate to their needs. The quality of the teaching throughout the school is good. Teachers provide a nurturing environment; consequently pupils want to learn. Teaching assistants take an active role and support pupils well. Pupils enjoy their work and say that when the lessons are fun it helps with their learning. The relationships between adults and pupils are warm and respectful. Pupils are confident to ask for help with their work. Pupils’ behaviour is good; they are friendly, polite and welcoming to visitors. Pupils feel very safe in the school and are aware of how to keep themselves safe. Adults throughout the school ensure that all pupils, and particularly those facing challenging circumstances, receive the care they need. The themed approach to learning provides inspiration and enjoyment. It effectively promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Parents and carers are highly positive about the school. The very large majority believe their children have an excellent experience at school. Governors are fully involved in the life of the school. They have an accurate view of the school’s performance and both support and challenge the headteacher to make sure the school continues to improve. Governors ensure they are kept up to date with training, including those new to role. It is not yet an outstanding school because: The quality of teaching is not yet consistently high enough to ensure that all pupils make outstanding progress. At times, the work for the most able does not provide sufficient challenge. Pupils do not always use their phonic knowledge (the sounds that letters represent) across Key Stage 2 to support their reading.