Glebelands Primary Academy


Name Glebelands Primary Academy
Website http://www.glebelands.cambs.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 November 2019
Address Farriers Gate, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, PE16 6EZ
Phone Number 01354695915
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 408 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.2
Academy Sponsor The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 17.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.6%
Persisitent Absence 6.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Outcome

Glebelands Primary Academy continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Warm relationships between staff and pupils play a big part in helping pupils to learn. Pupils say they enjoy coming to school and find it easy to make friends. They find the work interesting. They told the inspector, ‘There’s always something to do and talk about.’

Staff have high expectations for all pupils, especially in reading. They encourage pupils to read for pleasure. Leaders provide books that are invitingly displayed to encourage pupils to choose, share and discuss their reading. Pupils broaden their vocabulary effectively.

Pupils are polite and courteous. They behave well in lessons and are interested and enthused by activities that teachers organise for them. Pupils listen attentively and try their best to respond to adults’ advice. They enjoy working together when the opportunity is provided, especially in physical education lessons.

Pupils are adamant that bullying is extremely rare. They say that, occasionally, pupils can be mean to each other but have confidence in staff to help them sort it out. Pupils have an extensive understanding of how to keep safe online. They know not to share personal details, chat to or play games with strangers.

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

Leaders, including governors, are ambitious for pupils to become confident individuals.They want all pupils to have high aspirations and be well prepared for the next stage in their education. The curriculum is planned sequentially, which enables pupils to develop their knowledge and skills.

Staff place great importance on increasing pupils’ vocabulary, providing appropriate and technical vocabulary that is specific to subjects. Consequently, pupils understand and use more words; they can read and explore new ideas in depth.

Work in pupils’ books is of good quality and their achievement, including in nationalexaminations, is improving. Disadvantaged pupils, and pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well supported. Adults break down learning into small, achievable steps and give these pupils extra help. As a result, vulnerable pupils achieve well.

Reading is of high priority. Children learn phonics as soon as they start school. Teachers show children how to put sounds together to read words and how to break sounds apart to help with spelling. Pupils practise these skills every day. Those who are in danger of falling behind get extra support to catch up.

In key stages 1 and 2, teachers enable pupils to understand different texts and discuss what they mean. Pupils can search for the evidence to explain their answers. Adults read to pupils often. They plan appealing activities designed to spark pupils’ interest.

Leaders plan mathematics so that pupils’ knowledge and understanding are developed year on year. For example, children in the early years enjoy putting bears of different sizes in order and can describe why. They use phrases like ‘bigger than’ and ‘smaller than’ to justify their choices. Older pupils then demonstrate their knowledge further. They can solve increasingly complex problems and explain their answers.

Similarly, teachers have organised the order in which pupils learn history effectively. They inspire pupils’ historical inquiry and enjoyment of the subject. For example, Year 4 pupils visited Tutankhamun’s tomb (created in the classroom) and studied its hidden treasures. Year 6 pupils considered the gruesome crimes committed by the Anglo-Saxons and the resulting punishment.

Teachers check pupils’ reading, writing and mathematics skills well and use this information to plan future learning. Leaders have, rightly, identified that their checks of pupils’ progression in knowledge and skills in history, and other foundation subjects, are not as effective. They do not provide the information teachers need to help them understand how deeply pupils have learned what they have been taught, so they do not assist well in teachers’ planning of what to teach next.

Typically, pupils behave well. They take great pride in the presentation of their work. Pupils have plenty of opportunities to get involved in activities that promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils reflect on their own and others’ lives through using well-chosen and good-quality texts. They are inquisitive and fascinated by people’s behaviour in the past and the lives people lived.

Staff are proud to be members of the school community. The trust has taken its responsibility to reduce teachers’ workload seriously. Trustees have worked with senior leaders to remove needless tasks. Staff appreciate this and say it is having a positive effect on their work-life balance.

Most parents and carers who responded to Ofsted’s online survey are pleased with all aspects of the school’s work. A few shared their concerns about how leaders help and support pupils with SEND and how behaviour is managed.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders train staff well. Staff know and understand the school’s systems for noticing and raising concerns about pupils’ safety and well-being. Issues are followed up in a timely manner. Leaders keep a very close eye on pupils who may need extra help. Pupils receive the support they need and are ready to learn.

Leaders carry out appropriate checks to ensure that adults who work with children are suitable. The records they hold are well kept and in line with current statutory guidelines.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Teachers do not use information about pupils’ achievement in subjects other than English and mathematics well. Assessment in these subjects does not focus precisely enough on what pupils have learned in depth to inform what they should learn next. Leaders should ensure that assessment is more accurate and informs what they teach next in the foundation subjects. . Although the vast majority of parents are happy with all aspects of the school’s work, a few are not. Some parents disagree that the school gives pupils with SEND the help and support that is needed. A few expressed concerns about the school’s systems to manage pupils’ behaviour. Leaders should secure improvements to the way in which they communicate with parents to explain more fully aspects of the school’s work, including their work to support pupils with SEND and the way they promote pupils’ good behaviour.

Background

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 a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since the school converted to be an academy. When its predecessor school, Glebelands Primary School, was last inspected under section 5 in June 2014, the school was judged to be good.