Kenton Primary School

Name Kenton Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 February 2013
Address Mamhead Road, Kenton, Exeter, Devon, EX6 8LX
Phone Number 01626890465
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 98 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.4
Academy Sponsor Osprey Learning Trust
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 7.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%
Persisitent Absence 6.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a much-smaller-than-average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium (additional government funding for those eligible for free school meals, those looked after by the local authority or those whose parents are in the services) is below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported at school action is below average. The number at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The majority of pupils are White British with a very small propotion coming from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds. Almost all pupils speak English as their first language. The school does not use any alternative provision to support its pupils. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Pupils are taught in mixed-age group classes, with younger Year 1 pupils being taught with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Older Year 1 pupils are taught with Year 2 pupils. In Key Stage 2, Year 3 and Year 4 are taught together, as are Year 5 and Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. From the Reception Year onwards, pupils make good progress. Progress in reading is outstanding, that made in writing and mathematics is good. Pupils are well taught. Teachers are successful in ensuring that lessons are lively and interesting. Consequently, pupils try hard and want to be successful. Very well-trained teaching assistants play a very positive role in the promotion of good learning in class. The outstanding behaviour and attitudes of the pupils make a very significant contribution to the progress they make. Of particular note is the way even the youngest pupils are able to work independently and productively. Pupils report feeling very safe and secure in school. This is due both to the respect they show each other and to the robust safeguarding procedures put in place by staff and members of the governing body. Strong leadership by the headteacher has ensured that the school has developed well. School self-evaluation is very accurate and has underpinned successful actions to develop and improve teaching and learning. The staff and governors work as a cohesive team with a clear vision and determination to move the school towards excellence. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some aspects of teaching in lessons and some aspects of marking are not yet promoting outstanding progress overall. The quality of pupils’ handwriting and the clarity of the way they write down workings in mathematics are not always as good as they should be.