Frodsham Weaver Vale Primary School

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Frodsham Weaver Vale Primary School

Name Frodsham Weaver Vale Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 September 2015
Address Ship Street, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7PZ
Phone Number 01244981115
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 137 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.3
Local Authority Cheshire West and Chester
Percentage Free School Meals 50.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 16.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 24.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average-sized primary school. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. This is in addition to those in the local authority resource base. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by pupil premium funding is twice the national average. (The pupil premium is additional government funding to support those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority.) Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. Children in the early years provision attend Nursery on a full- and part-time basis. This includes provision for two- and three-year-olds. Children attend the Reception class on a full-time basis. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Since the time of the previous inspection, a learning mentor has been employed, and there have been a number of teacher and teaching assistant appointments. The senior leadership team has been reorganised, and includes a newly appointed headteacher and early years manager, as well as an established deputy headteacher. Three new governors have joined the governing body, including the Chair of the Governing Body. A well-above-average proportion of pupils leave or join the school at times other than the start of the academic year. All pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 learn in one of three mixed year-groups. The school houses a local authority resource base for up to seven children on the autistic spectrum from the Reception Year to Year 6. Provision for two year-olds was inspected on 21 May 2015, at which time it was judged to be good. This report can be read on Ofsted’s website at A breakfast club is available to pupils. This is managed by the governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school This is a rapidly improving school. Together with a very efficient and active governing body, senior leaders have ensured that both the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement have greatly improved since the previous inspection. The new headteacher and senior leadership team are already having further positive impact. Middle leaders, including those responsible for English and mathematics, are very effective and make a good contribution to improving the quality of teaching and learning. The quality of teaching, including in the early years, is good. Teachers and teaching assistants know pupils well. They regularly and accurately assess how well pupils are performing. Pupils and children with autistic spectrum disorders receive excellent care and support. This ensures their outstanding progress. Pupils attend school regularly and behave well. They are highly respectful to each other, staff and visitors. They say they always feel safe and well looked after. In 2015, almost all Year 6 pupils made at least good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. As a consequence, their attainment improved considerably and was close to that of pupils nationally. Year 2 pupils also made good progress and so attained the expected standards at the end of Key Stage 1 in 2015. Work seen in classrooms suggests that their progress is continuing to accelerate. The primary school sports funding is exceptionally well spent and makes an outstanding contribution to pupils’ participation in competitive sports Parents are highly complimentary about all aspects of the school, and feel well informed. Early years provision for children in the Nursery and Reception classes is good. As a result, children make good progress and achieve well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils, and children in the early years, do not always have enough opportunities to practise and refine their writing skills across all subjects. Tasks and activities provided for pupils in class are not always hard enough, especially for the most able. Full report