Homelands Primary School

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About Homelands Primary School

Name Homelands Primary School
Website http://www.homelands.torbay.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Angela Urquhart
Address Westhill Road, Torquay, TQ1 4NT
Phone Number 01803328264
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 225
Local Authority Torbay
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are happy and learn well.

Leaders have high expectations for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils feel safe. They say school is a community and they take pride in what they can do.

Leaders plan the curriculum with care and take into consideration the needs of pupils. They know reading is important. One pupil, whose opinion reflected the views of many, said, 'If books were food, I would eat them all because I love them so much'.

Pupils are calm. They want to learn and try their best. Pupils understand and demonstrate the school values of friendship, respect, independence, curiosity and empowerment....

Pupils have a good understanding of bullying. They say it is 'very uncommon' and trust adults to deal with problems quickly.

Leaders provide pupils with a range of opportunities.

Pupils enjoy attending the extra-curricular clubs the school offers, such as the sporting and art-based clubs. They also value their weekly swimming lessons from Year 1. Pupils know water safety is important because they live by the sea.

Leaders are re-establishing links with the local community which have been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.

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

Leaders place a high priority on reading. Pupils learn to read as soon as they start school.

They love to read and enjoy regular reading sessions. As a result, pupils can name a range of different authors. In the early stages of reading, teaching pinpoints the sounds that pupils should know and by when.

Pupils remember the sounds they have learned and become fluent readers. Some pupils have additional targeted support when learning to read, including pupils with SEND. For older pupils, the reading curriculum is ambitious but is not sequenced as well as it could be.

Children in Nursery and Reception learn well. They get off to a good start. Leaders provide a range of well-planned learning opportunities which develop children's vocabulary.

For example, children in Reception can describe how salt makes ice melt quicker. As a result, children are well prepared for key stage 1.

Leaders have designed a school curriculum that is ambitious for all pupils, including those with SEND.

The curriculum in most subjects is clearly sequenced. Consequently, teachers build upon what pupils already know. Pupils know and remember what they have learned.

For example, in history, older pupils use their knowledge of the Industrial Revolution to discuss the impact of new inventions of the time. Teachers check what pupils have remembered before moving on to learning that is more complex. Pupils say this helps them to remember more.

However, leaders know that the teaching of the curriculum in some subjects is not consistently effective.Pupils are respectful and polite. They know and understand the school's 'Good to be Green' behaviour system.

Staff promote positive behaviour and act on concerns about behaviour effectively. Consequently, pupils behave well in lessons and playtimes. In the early years, for example, children learn well with their peers.

Leaders monitor attendance closely and provide appropriate support to families. Despite this support, some pupils do not attend school as well as they could.

Leaders have planned an effective curriculum for personal, social and health education.

For example, visits from the local community fire service, lifeguards and sea safety help pupils to understand how to keep safe. Pupils understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle, including the importance of good mental health.

Pupils can talk about different religions and also understand disabilities.

They know about some cultures, but they do not always remember as much as they could. Pupils learn about values that are important for life in modern Britain. Pupils take on responsibility through school roles such as house captains, school parliament, peer mediators and librarians.

Leaders know the school well. They use what they know to improve the school further. For example, improvements have been made to mathematics since the previous inspection.

Staff feel well supported by leaders and say that well-being is a high priority. Senior leaders provide appropriate training opportunities for staff. Parents are very positive about the high expectations the school has for their children.

The governing body challenges leaders well. They have a strong focus on the quality of education pupils receive.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders, including governors, prioritise safeguarding. They ensure policies and practices are robust. Staff report concerns clearly.

All staff receive regular training and are vigilant. They use support from external agencies well. Pupils know how to keep safe, including online.

They trust that adults will support them if they have any concerns.

Governors fulfil their statutory responsibilities very well. New staff have the appropriate checks before they join the school and follow a well-planned induction.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In key stage 2, the reading curriculum is not as well sequenced as it could be. This means that teachers do not build on prior knowledge with precision. Leaders need to ensure that the reading curriculum in key stage 2 is fully sequenced so that all pupils build on prior knowledge, to help them know more and remember more over time.

• The implementation of some subjects in the wider curriculum is not as consistently effective as it could be. As a result, the curriculum does not always have the intended impact on pupils' learning. Leaders need to ensure that the school curriculum is implemented consistently well in all subjects.

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