Homelands Primary School

Name Homelands Primary School
Website http://www.homelands.torbay.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 February 2015
Address Westhill Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 4NT
Phone Number 01803328264
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 241 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.4
Local Authority Torbay
Percentage Free School Meals 23.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.6%
Persisitent Absence 16.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Homelands Primary School is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school. Nearly all pupils are from White British backgrounds. A very small minority of pupils use English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above the national average. This is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible to receive free school meals and those in local authority care. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above the national average. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) are taught in a Reception class on a full-time basis. The school runs a Nursery which is managed by the governing body and was evaluated as part of this inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher’s relentless determination has been pivotal in rapidly improving teaching and achievement across the school. As a result, the school has significantly improved since the last inspection. Senior and subject leaders share the ambition and drive of the headteacher. They have a clear focus on improving teaching and learning and provide effective support for all staff. Teaching has improved to be good across the school. When the best learning occurs, teachers motivate and inspire pupils with well-planned activities which challenge and excite them. Pupils’ achievement has improved significantly and is now good. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage get off to a good start. They are well taught in a nurturing environment. Consequently, they settle quickly into school life and make good progress. Pupils are typically well behaved and have positive attitudes to their learning. They value their school and enjoy making a positive contribution to it. Pupils of all ages know how to keep safe. The range and quality of activities available for pupils prepare them particularly well for life in modern Britain. Governance is good. Governors are knowledgeable about the school; they challenge leaders and share their ambition for the school to be the best that it can be. Most parents are extremely supportive of the school and are pleased with the education and care their children receive. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are occasional inconsistencies in the quality of teaching, particularly in mathematics so that not all pupils make the very best progress in their learning. School development plans do not have targets which can be measured easily to check the success of their impact.