North Wheatley Church of England Primary School

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About North Wheatley Church of England Primary School

Name North Wheatley Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Heather Thomson
Address Sturton Road, South Wheatley, Retford, DN22 9DH
Phone Number 01427880409
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 133
Local Authority Nottinghamshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Outstanding leadership by the headteacher and subject leaders, with strong support and challenge from the governing body, is enabling the school to improve since its previous inspection.

Leaders and governors make sure that teaching and achievement are outstanding. They have fully implemented the new curriculum and systems for assessment and ensure all pupils make at least good progress in literacy and numeracy. Leaders are promoting pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, including understanding of British values, exceptionally well.

Pupils' behaviour in lessons and throughout the school is outstanding. They g...reatly enjoy school and have excellent attitudes to learning. This is seen in their high attendance and in the great pride they take in their work.

Pupils feel very safe in school because staff and governors are very effective in ensuring their safety. Teachers have good subject knowledge and set consistently high expectations for learning. As a result, pupils do their very best and acquire new knowledge, skills and understanding rapidly.

Teachers make excellent use of well-chosen resources to stimulate learning and set regular homework to consolidate pupils' new knowledge, skills and understanding. Teaching assistants provide consistently good support for learning and behaviour. Pupils throughout the school are making outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

The grammar, punctuation and spelling and mental mathematics skills, of a very few pupils, are slightly less strong than their other skills. The very few disadvantaged pupils make the same excellent progress as their classmates in reading, writing and mathematics. The early years provision is exceptionally well led.

As a result, links with parents are excellent, and provision is outstanding. All children of Nursery and Reception age are very happy, safe and settled in school and make outstanding progress.

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than the average primary school.

Most pupils are of White British heritage and a few are at an early stage of learning English. A much lower proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium than in most schools. The pupil premium provides funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in care.

The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below average. The numbers of pupils in Year 6 in 2014 were too few to report reliably on whether the school reached the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress. The children of Nursery age in the early years provision attend part time and those of Reception age attend full time.

More pupils than in most schools join the school throughout term time. The school received an interim assessment by Ofsted in June 2013, which stated that good performance had been sustained. In April 2014, the school introduced before- and after-school clubs.

Since the last inspection, the school has become a teacher-training school with Bishop Grosseteste University and Activemark. The school is also a member of the Cotgrave Candleby Lane Teaching School Alliance. The headteacher has undertaken school-to-school support work on behalf of the local authority.

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