Ide Primary School

Name Ide Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 23 November 2011
Address High Street, Ide, Exeter, Devon, EX2 9RN
Phone Number 01392259964
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 180 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 28.5
Academy Sponsor Exeter Learning Academy Trust
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 1.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.6%
Persisitent Absence 5.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This is a below average-sized primary school serving a rural area. All pupils are of White British heritage and none speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly average, but the proportion with statements of special educational needs is below average. A large project to provide a multi-use games area (known as the MUGA) on the school grounds, to be shared with the local community, is in the final days of completion. The school holds a variety of awards including Healthy Schools Plus Outstanding status and the Platinum Travel Plan award. A private contractor runs breakfast and after-school clubs, and a pre-school group, which is not the responsibility of the governing body, operates on the school site. These facilities were not evaluated as part of this inspection.

Main findings

This is an outstanding school much improved since its last inspection. Children get off to a good start in Reception where provision is good. Pupils of all abilities go on to make at least good progress and achieve well because teaching is consistently good and often better. Attainment is above average when pupils leave. There are outstanding features in reading and mathematics which are regularly well above average. This is complemented by outstanding personal development which is the result of very high quality care, guidance and support. Excellent curriculum opportunities, improved from satisfactory two years ago, very effectively support pupils’ learning, encourage independence and foster enjoyment. Pupils respond with enthusiasm. ‘We love it here!’ was one girl’s comment that sums up the views of the vast majority. Behaviour is outstanding, attendance is high and pupils readily take on responsibility. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent, especially well supported by pupils’ good achievement in subjects in addition to English and mathematics. Relationships are strong at all levels and this has very positive effects on pupils’ confidence and performance. The Healthy Schools Plus award is a testament to pupils’ excellent understanding of how to keep healthy. Excellent use is made of the analysis of data to determine aspirational targets for the school as a whole and good use is made of assessment information by teachers to set challenging targets for individual pupils. This is effective in ensuring that pupils in mixed-age classes are well provided for and make good progress. Staff successfully make sure that best use is made of limited space. Strategic development is outstanding. The impact of decisions made concerning the use of staffing and resources is carefully monitored. The headteacher is very well supported by staff and the governing body in using self-evaluation most effectively to pinpoint what is successful and what still needs doing. To its credit, this excellent team has accurately identified writing, particularly writing for a variety of purposes, as a relative weakness and very effectively introduced new initiatives to ensure everyone, boys in particular, consistently reaches their full potential. The new library is having a very positive impact. Outdoor provision, which until very recently did not fully support physical education, has been significantly improved and plans are in place to address an ongoing weakness in the lack of a dedicated outside space for Reception children. The school’s track record of improvement is excellent. This, together with high-quality leadership and management, which includes not only senior leaders and governors but staff in general, underpins an outstanding capacity for sustained improvement. The school has the overwhelming support of parents and carers. One parent summed up this very popular view. ‘This is a lovely, very caring and forward-looking school. We feel very involved with our children’s learning and are lucky to have our children here.’