Parc Eglos School

Name Parc Eglos School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 21 September 2011
Address Church Hill, Parc Eglos, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 8UP
Phone Number 01326572998
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 474 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.7
Academy Sponsor Southerly Point Co-Operative Multi-Academy Trust
Local Authority Cornwall
Percentage Free School Meals 7.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%
Persisitent Absence 9.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Parc Eglos is a large primary school which is currently in consultation to become part of a 17-school Co-operative Trust. There are 14 classes in the main school, two in each year group. The school offers the Early Years Foundation Stage in its Nursery provision and Reception classes. It has a children’s centre which provides childcare for children aged two to three years. These children attend an on-site Nursery and out-of-school club. This was inspected as part of this inspection. Children from the Nursery, together with children from other settings, transfer into two designated Reception classes. The proportion of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average and includes children with behavioural problems and coordination difficulties. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds and the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The school provides a breakfast club, after-school care facilities and holiday care. The school holds a number of nationally recognised awards, including the Activemark and the Healthy Schools Plus.

Main findings

Parc Eglos is an outstanding school. It is a cohesive community which works very well with parents, carers and partners so that all groups of pupils progress outstandingly well during their time there. Pupils are very well taught and the many outstanding lessons contain pace and innovative teaching, and meet the needs of all pupils. The pupils follow a stimulating and inspiring curriculum, which provides memorable experiences for them. One parental comment summed up the views of many by saying, ‘Lots of exciting things are happening at this school; great experiences for my children; thank you.’ The Nursery gives pupils an excellent start and has already helped very young children to develop early skills as they move through the outstanding Early Years Foundation Stage. This progress continues through Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, so that by the time pupils leave the school, their attainment is well above average in all subjects, except for boys’ writing where it is above average. The school’s tracking of the progress of the pupils, via some high quality assessment procedures, allows for very quick and effective intervention to help anyone who may slip behind. Pupils told inspectors that they really enjoy being at Parc Eglos. They showed immense pride in their school and this is reflected in their high attendance. They take on a wide range of responsibilities around the school and in their local community. Combined with their outstanding achievement, these contribute to them being very well prepared for the next phase in their learning and for the future world of work. They learn to adopt healthy lifestyles extremely well and the school works in partnership with a range of providers and other schools to give many opportunities for sport, which are enthusiastically taken up. Pupils told inspectors that they feel very safe and this is a result of excellent safeguarding, where the school supports and leads the work of a number of other local schools. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Only on very rare occasions does it depart from this high level. This happens where the pace of learning slows or when pupils are unsure of exactly what to do to take the next steps in their learning. Parents and carers are not always fully aware of these steps for their children. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education development is excellent, supported by their classroom learning and also through inspiring, high quality assemblies. Pupils’ outstanding progress is underpinned by excellent care, support and guidance. All adults contribute to making pupils feel extremely well cared for. The care for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and for those whose circumstances may make them vulnerable, is particularly effective. The school is able to point to exemplary support, which has led to some exceptional examples of individual achievement. The effective and highly respected headteacher, the well-led governing body and leaders and managers at all levels in the school, have created an environment in which all pupils have outstanding opportunities to achieve. Self-evaluation is rigorous and governors and staff use the findings very well to drive the school forward. This has led to significant improvements since the last inspection. Thus, the capacity for sustained improvement is outstanding.