Ormiston Cliff Park Primary Academy

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About Ormiston Cliff Park Primary Academy

Name Ormiston Cliff Park Primary Academy
Website http://www.ocppa.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Head of School Mrs Louise Watkins
Address Orde Avenue, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR31 6SZ
Phone Number 01493661523
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 526
Local Authority Norfolk
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils, including those in the early years, not only learn to behave well, but they also know why it is important to do so. Pupils are polite. They are taught the values of kindness and equality.

Pupils like that their good behaviour is recognised and rewarded. They are keen to have their names recorded in the 'golden book'.

One pupil's comment that 'it is not just one subject we like; it's lots' was typical of many others' opinions of their studies.

Together, pupils and their teachers generate a supportive learning buzz in each classroom. Pupils are not afraid to share their ideas and to 'have a go' in classroom discussions. Pupils, including those with spec...ial educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) become bolder and more inquisitive in their learning.

Pupils like to play their part in the school community. Play leaders support younger pupils at playtimes. Eco leaders are proud of the impressive woodland walk they have designed and planted.

Pupils develop respect for their peers and the school and wider environment. Pupils learn about careers and become ambitious for their futures.

Pupils feel safe.

Pupils say that adults resolve the few instances of bullying that occur.

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

Skilled leaders have overseen the school's transition from a junior school to a primary school that provides education for 540 pupils. Leaders have redesigned the curriculum.

It is anchored in leaders' high expectations and their commitment to inclusivity. Pupils with SEND are supported to access the same curriculum as their classmates.

Leaders' placement of reading and communication at the centre of pupils' learning is clear to see.

Pupils make good use of the many books that are within easy reach of them in classrooms and most corridors. Many pupils become fluent readers. They have plenty of opportunities to apply their reading skills to different subjects.

A few pupils remain reluctant readers. Nevertheless, almost all pupils understand the value of reading.

Leaders' focus on reading starts in the early years.

Staff are trained to teach early reading well. Adults model a love of reading. Their enthusiasm rubs off on children.

Children gain a good grounding in phonics. Books are carefully chosen so that pupils are able to practise the sounds they know each day. A few pupils, including some pupils with SEND, struggle with their reading.

Adults provide them with enthusiastic, well-judged support.

Leaders have designed ambitious programmes of learning in each subject. They have included topics that fire pupils' interest and broaden their horizons.

Teachers teach much of the curriculum in line with leaders' high expectations. Teachers provide pupils with a daily drip feed of previous learning. Teachers introduce new information, including subject-specific words, in manageable chunks.

They give pupils plenty of opportunities to become familiar with new information. Pupils' inquisitiveness is encouraged. They willingly share their ideas with their 'green and blue' talk partners.

Teachers swiftly spot when pupils fall behind and give them help to catch up in the school's 'pick and fix' sessions. Pupils remember what they have been taught in many subjects.

Mindful of teachers' workload, leaders did not introduce new programmes of learning in all subjects at the same time.

In a couple of subjects changes are more recent. The link to learning in the early years is still developing. A few teachers are getting to grips with how best to deliver these subject areas in key stage 1 and in the early years.

This means some pupils take a little longer to become secure in their knowledge in these subjects.

Pupils have plenty of opportunities to become good citizens. Pupils gain an age-appropriate understanding of leadership and decision-making through their work as house captains and councillors.

From the start of early years, pupils are taught to value themselves and others. They develop an understanding of diversity. They know that people's differences are not always visible.

Pupils explained it is important to 'respect what people think' and to 'treat everyone with respect'.

The Ormiston Academy Trust (the trust) and local governors provide leaders with precise challenge in regular 'progress boards'. Several local governors are new.

The trust and chair of governors have planned training so new governors are prepared and well placed to fulfil their roles.

Staff told us that the past two years have been particularly hard work – due to the merger and demands of the pandemic. They notice and appreciate leaders' consideration of their well-being.

Staff enjoy and are proud of working at the school.

Information on the school website does not accurately reflect the good work taking place in the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The trust, local governors and leaders are proactive and thorough in ensuring that pupils are safe. Leaders update staff on, and check their understanding of, safeguarding routines. This sustains adults' vigilance in checking on pupils' well-being.

Staff understand the importance of reporting concerns promptly and with accuracy. Leaders are tenacious in ensuring that pupils who require extra support get the help that they need.

Pupils are taught strategies to keep themselves safe.

They know not to share personal information when online. If pupils have worries, they are confident that staff will listen to and support them.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Leaders have redesigned the curriculum to be more ambitious and inclusive.

Teachers deliver the curriculum well in most subjects. The consistency with which a few teachers apply leaders' high curricular expectations varies in a couple of subjects and learning areas in the early years and key stage 1. In line with their realistic timescales, leaders should continue to train staff to deliver the curriculum expertly in all subjects.

• The trust and local governing body share the governance duties. They should put into action their plans to train new local governors, so they are well placed to play their full part in the continuing effective governance of the school. This includes ensuring that the website accurately reflects the good work taking place in the school.

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