Katesgrove Primary School

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About Katesgrove Primary School

Name Katesgrove Primary School
Website http://www.katesgroveprimaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Lisa Telling
Address Dorothy Street, Reading, RG1 2NL
Phone Number 01189375490
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 688
Local Authority Reading
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The executive headteacher provides exceptional leadership. She is robust, rigorous and relentless in her drive to improve the school. She is determined that every pupil has the best opportunity to succeed.

Her senior leadership team shares her vision and ambition for all the pupils in the school. Leaders work tirelessly to provide good education and care for all. Governors are highly effective.

They carry out their roles with great professionalism and ensure that leaders are held to account. Teaching across the school is good, because of the decisive and effective action taken by senior leaders. As a consequence, outcomes for all groups o...f pupils are improving significantly.

Teachers make accurate assessments of pupils' work to identify their strengths and weaknesses. This information is then used well to plan lessons that build upon and deepen pupils' knowledge, understanding and skills. Teaching is not routinely challenging enough for all pupils.

This means that some pupils could make even better progress. Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities are well supported and the majority make good progress. This is because teachers' precise analysis ensures that these pupils receive high-quality support and challenge in all lessons.

Pupils who speak English as an additional language make strong progress across the curriculum as a result of effective support. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes receive a good start to their education because : the rich environment and high standards of care support them to make rapid progress. Pupils feel very safe in school.

The school's safeguarding systems are meticulous, with all staff fully understanding that this aspect of their work has the highest priority. Pupils work and play together regardless of their age, gender or background. They behave well in class and around school.

The large majority of parents are very positive about the changes implemented by the current leadership team, and support leaders in the task of continuing to improve the school.

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The executive headteacher was appointed in September 2015 to support the school, following the departure of the previous headteacher.

She is also the executive headteacher of another local primary school. Both schools will federate in January 2018 and will have one governing body. The executive headteacher is currently supported by an interim head of school.

Since the previous inspection, the governing body has been replaced. The current governing body was established in November 2016. The school is a larger-than-average-sized primary school in the heart of Reading, with a Nursery and three Reception classes.

It has a significantly high proportion of pupils moving into and out of the school at times other than the normal admission points. Pupils come from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds, and 69% of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is below that in other schools nationally.

The proportion of pupils who receive support through the pupil premium is similar to the national average. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. A breakfast club, run by the school, is provided for all pupils.

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