Nine Acres Primary School

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About Nine Acres Primary School


Name Nine Acres Primary School
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Elizabeth Dyer
Address South View, Newport, PO30 1QP
Phone Number 01983522984
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 395
Local Authority Isle of Wight
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Outcome

Nine Acres Primary School continues to be a good school. There is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding if we were to carry out a graded (section 5) inspection now. The school's next inspection will be a graded inspection.

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders, staff and governors aim high for pupils in this school. They constantly strive to enrich pupils' life experiences with exciting opportunities. The 'Nine Acres Economy' is an innovative programme, where pupils apply for jobs within school.

Pupils fulfil roles such as homework tutor, lunchtime supervisor and assistant site officer. The scheme raises pupils' aspi...rations about contributing to society through employment.

At playtimes, pupils balance on climbing equipment, play table football, and adore their new crazy golf course.

Pupils are happy, safe and feel special. Behaviour never disrupts learning and pupils say adults are always there for them. Relationships are supportive, respectful and compassionate.

Educational visits have included trips to botanical gardens, a zoo and a 'night in a museum'. Pupils found their sailing trip exhilarating. Pupils enjoyed making products to sell at the school's 'pop-up shop' to raise funds.

Everybody's talents are highly nurtured. Leaders celebrate everyone's efforts in drama, music and sport every week. Pupils love playing violin, guitar and ukulele.

The enrichment club programme is diverse. Highlights include cookery, art, gardening, skateboarding, athletics and hockey. Pupils proudly represent their school in competitions, such as basketball and football.

The girls' football team is thriving; they were thrilled to visit Wembley to watch the Lionesses.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Learning in this school is ambitious and inclusive. The curriculum is well designed and developed.

All subjects are mapped out with the essential vocabulary and knowledge that pupils will learn. This is shared with parents to help them know exactly what their children are studying. Lessons are often designed to engage pupils through interesting local links.

Pupils were enthralled when linking their learning to the dinosaur footprint on the island.Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) receive effective support. 'Pre-teaching' is used adeptly; staff coach pupils with SEND to learn words and concepts they need to access lessons with equity and success.

Frequent assessment and communication between staff helps to identify pupils' individual needs. Pupils who require help with language achieve independence by using visual aids. Across all subjects, teachers give pupils constant opportunities to recall knowledge.

This helps them to remember their learning and make impressive progress.

Mathematics teaching is strong. Pupils love their early morning mathematics sessions to start every day.

This frequent practise helps pupils to develop excellent number skills. Pupils with SEND use a range of adapted resources to achieve success. Many pupils access advanced investigations.

They use written methods and mathematical language to justify their reasoning. Pupils make exceptional progress. By the end of Year 6, they achieve significantly above the national average.

Reading starts well in early years. All staff are trained to ensure a consistent experience for pupils across the school. The early years environment is rich with language and resources to support the learning of phonics.

Staff identify gaps in phonic knowledge with sharp assessments. Catch-up groups ensure that there is focused practise of specific sounds for individuals and small groups. This help ensures that all pupils become fluent and motivated readers.

Parents appreciate phonics workshops and reading mornings that enable them to help their children to read confidently. Teachers read to classes every day. They include books that promote a rich variety of inspirational characters from a range of cultures.

This diversity extends to other subjects, such as science. Pupils learn about prominent black and female scientists. Pupils skilfully plan and carry out experiments.

They design graphs and charts to present data and draw insightful conclusions. Art teaching is exceptional. Pupils produce stunning work in sketchbooks, showing secure development of skills over time.

Pupils use technical language, such as tint, tone and contour, to describe techniques they are mastering. Pupils' work on 'cyanotypes' was impressive, boosted by meaningful work in science.

Behaviour is positive.

Warm relationships ensure consistency and fairness. No one is worried about bullying. Conduct in lessons is exemplary, corridors are calm, and pupils show respect for each other, staff and the school environment.

The personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) curriculum is highly developed. Pupils learn to challenge stereotypes and celebrate differences. Weekly debates develop pupils' confidence to share views, listen to others and politely disagree.

Pupils value frequent opportunities to take on responsibility. This starts in early years, where children take exemplary care of newly hatched chicks. The pastoral team at the school also ensures that pupils receive prompt support for any mental health worries or anxiety.

Pupils make exceptional progress in this compassionate and determined school. This is because the school is led exceptionally well. Staff prosper from frequent training.

Everyone feels valued, supported and proud of their school. Several leaders and teachers support other schools. Governors offer excellent support and challenge.

They fulfil their statutory duties with diligence. Parents express admiration for the headteacher and speak highly of how this school cares for their children.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that all staff understand and follow safeguarding procedures with diligence. Everyone knows signs to look out for to identify risks to pupils. Staff have full faith in leaders to act swiftly in response to any worries.

Frequent training keeps everyone informed of local risks and any changes in national legislation.

Leaders are tireless to pursue essential help for families experiencing trauma or hardship. Recruitment is managed with caution and care, ensuring that all staff and volunteers are suitably vetted.

Furthermore, the highly developed PSHE curriculum prepares pupils well for secondary school. Pupils develop a strong understanding of online safety and healthy relationships.

Background

When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in September 2017.

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