Nettlestone Primary School

Name Nettlestone Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Nettlestone Green, Seaview, PO34 5DY
Phone Number 01983613171
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 239 (46.9% boys 53.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.8
Local Authority Isle of Wight
Percentage Free School Meals 9.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%
Persistent Absence 2.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.3%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (18 November 2014)
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Information about this school

This school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The number of pupils on roll has increased since April 2014. The school is in federation with Newchurch Primary School. This began in April 2014. The two schools work closely together. There have been significant changes in leadership since the last inspection. The executive headteacher and the head of school have been in post since April 2014. There have also been considerable changes in staffing since that time. Almost two thirds of the staffing team are new since April 2014. There are seven classes, including one Reception class. The Reception children attend full time. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are supported by the pupil premium is below average. This is additional government funding to support pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is broadly average. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The school meets the government’s floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ progress is good or better across the school. In reading, especially, pupils make great progress. Good teaching and learning are enabling pupils to make faster progress in all subjects. Pupils are very proud of their school. They say they feel safe. This view is supported by the vast majority of parents. Pupils are thriving and developing into confident young people who are fully prepared for the next stage in their education. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils have positive attitudes towards learning. The executive headteacher is an inspirational leader. The executive headteacher together with the head of school are highly ambitious and share a clear vision for raising standards. As a result of outstanding teaching, children get off to an excellent start in the Reception class. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well. A range of vibrant and interesting activities is provided which enrich pupils’ learning. Leaders and managers, together with governors, are fully committed to providing a high standard of education for all pupils. Their actions are having a direct impact on the rapidly improving quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Too few pupils make outstanding progress in mathematics. Teachers do not always ensure that pupils act upon the advice they have been given in marking.