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Pupils are valued as individuals at Lostwithiel School. They feel safe and attend well.
Pupils say that there is always someone to share their worries with. Leaders have high expectations for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils live up to these high expectations.
Teachers take the time to consider how to support pupils to achieve their personal best.
Pupils are polite and have positive attitudes to their learning. They respect the opinions of others.
Pupils learn to appreciate and celebrate differences. They understand equality.
Pupils behave well and respect the school rules.
.../>Low-level disruption and bullying are rare. Pupils are confident that adults would act quickly if bullying did happen. Relationships throughout the school are strong.
Older pupils act as behaviour role models.
The majority of parents are proud to send their children to Lostwithiel School. Pupils and parents appreciate the range of outdoor learning opportunities on offer.
Parents say that staff go the extra mile to make sure pupils are cared for and happy.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
Leaders place no limits on what pupils can achieve. They consider carefully what they want pupils to learn.
The curriculum helps pupils to become life-long learners. In some subjects, such as science, leaders have improved the order that pupils learn key knowledge. This helps them to build knowledge well over time and remember their learning.
However, this does not work as well in all subjects. Sometimes, pupils find it difficult to build on what they already know.
Curriculum leaders receive support that helps them to lead their subjects well.
They explore different ways to make learning interesting and engaging for pupils. Teachers make regular checks on what pupils know and remember. This helps them to understand which parts of the curriculum are working well.
In some subjects, teachers plan learning activities that focus on the outcome of a task rather than the knowledge pupils will develop. This means that pupils are not always clear about what they are learning.
Adults in early years skilfully interact with children and ask meaningful questions about their learning.
As a result, children get off to a good start. Parents receive regular progress and curriculum updates. For example, staff help parents to understand the school's approach to the teaching of phonics.
Children learn phonics as soon as they start school. They read books that are well matched to their ability. This helps children to develop into confident and fluent readers.
Leaders check that phonics teaching is effective. Adults who teach phonics have the knowledge to do this well. They quickly identify pupils who may need extra help.
Adults model a love of reading for pupils. Pupils feel inspired to read books based on recommendations from staff. Older pupils read books from a wide range of authors and styles.
One pupil commented, 'Reading is a window to the world'.
Staff receive regular support that helps them to identify pupils with SEND. They know that early identification is important.
Pupils with SEND access the same ambitious curriculum as their peers. Teachers make adaptations to enable all pupils to be successful. They consider the views of parents when planning how to meet individual pupils' needs.
Pupils recognise the school as being a friendly place. They say that adults are kind and caring. Pupils concentrate well in lessons and show respect for others.
During social times, older pupils take responsibility for safe play activities. Pupils have many opportunities to hold roles of responsibility. For example, they can be part of the school council 'Team 12'.
Pupils learn about people who have different beliefs to their own. They feel that being different is not a barrier to joining the school community. Pupils have an impressive knowledge of diversity.
They are well prepared for life in modern Britain.
Leaders regularly gather pupils' views. Consequently, pupils feel that their voices are heard.
Pupils have been part of leaders' discussions about improvements to the behaviour policy.
Staff are overwhelmingly positive about working at the school. They feel well supported and praise leaders for considering their well-being and workload.
Governors hold leaders to account for the quality of education. They share leaders' vision for the future development of the school.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
Pupils feel safe, including when online. Staff understand pupils' vulnerabilities well and respond appropriately to their needs. They receive training that enables them to identify where support is necessary.
Established procedures are in place for recording and reporting concerns. Leaders ensure that families receive the help they need in a timely way.
Leaders ensure appropriate checks on adults who work at the school are carried out.
Checks are recorded accurately on the single central record. Governors have secure safeguarding knowledge. They regularly monitor systems for keeping pupils safe.
What does the school need to do to improve?
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• The curriculum in some subjects is not always sequenced in a way that helps pupils to build knowledge effectively. Consequently, pupils do not use their prior learning as well as they could. Leaders need to ensure that the curriculum is sequenced in a way that allows pupils to know more and remember more over time.
• Planned activities are sometimes focused on the outcome of the task rather than the knowledge pupils will develop. As a result, pupils are not always clear about what they are learning. Leaders must ensure that teachers understand their subjects well, so learning is broken down to enable pupils to clearly articulate their knowledge and understanding.