Ilsham Church of England Academy

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Ilsham Church of England Academy

Name Ilsham Church of England Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 June 2014
Address Ilsham Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2JQ
Phone Number 01803292313
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 175 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.9
Academy Sponsor Learning Academy Partnership (South West)
Local Authority Torbay
Percentage Free School Meals 12.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.4%
Persisitent Absence 2.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Ilsham Church of England Academy is a smaller–than–average primary school. It converted to become an academy in August 2011. When its predecessor, Ilsham Church of England Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be outstanding. In April 2012, the school entered in to a Learning Academy Partnership (South West). The Trust is comprised of two schools and a nursery. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding is lower than average. This is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children. There are currently no looked after children in the school. Most pupils come from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported at school action is broadly in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is lower than the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The quality of teaching is good overall. The best teaching provides high levels of challenge and stimulating activities that motivate pupils to do their very best. Children get off to a good start in Reception and this progress is maintained in Year 1. Throughout the school pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The high quality teaching in Years 5 and 6 ensures that pupils are well equipped for the next stage of their education. The school has responded effectively to its’ self-evaluation and provided professional development for its staff to improve and better support pupils’ emotional development and their social skills. The executive headteacher leads with vision and inspires excellence. She has quickly brought about positive change since the school became an academy and has developed staff, who are committed to her vision. Senior leaders and governors are working very effectively to drive improvement. They know the school’s strengths and weaknesses and have worked well to improve the quality of teaching. This has raised the quality of some teaching to outstanding. Behaviour in the school is good. It is a friendly and inclusive place to learn. Pupils treat adults and each other with courtesy and respect. It is not yet an outstanding school because : On occasions, teachers do not check pupils’ understanding enough in lessons, or set suitable activities so that pupils are challenged to make rapid progress. Achievement varies across the school. Pupils’ achievement is not consistently good in Years 2, 3 and 4.