Pondhu Primary School


Name Pondhu Primary School
Website http://pondhu.eschools.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
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.
Address Penwinnick Road, St. Austell, PL25 5DS
Phone Number 0172674550
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 236 (52.5% boys 47.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.7
Academy Sponsor Cornwall Education Learning Trust
Local Authority Cornwall
Percentage Free School Meals 47.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.8%
Persistent Absence 10%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.8%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (18 October 2012)
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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.

Information about this school

The school is an average-sized primary school. It has eight single-age classes, including both a Reception and a Nursery class for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils joining or leaving the school at other than the normal times is above average. An above-average proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care, children from service families and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported at school action and school action plus is above average. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs is also above average. A breakfast club and after-school club are available, but as they are managed independently, they were not part of this inspection. The school meets the government?s current floor standards, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils? attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils throughout the school enjoy learning together and make good progress. Pupils with special educational needs and those who join the school in Years 3 to 6 are well supported and also make good progress. Teaching is consistently good. Lessons are interesting with work well matched to pupils? needs. Pupils? responses in lessons are positive; they are keen to do well. The school places a strong emphasis on the pupils? spiritual, social, moral and cultural development with interesting opportunities for reflection woven through the curriculum. Pupils behave well. They appreciate the good care they receive and feel safe. Attendance has improved over time and now matches the national figures for primary schools. Staff and the governing body work well together and there is a strong team approach to school improvement. Senior leaders and members of the governing body have a very accurate picture of the school?s strengths and weaknesses. Their drive and ambition has moved the school forward since the last inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The school has not found ways to develop quickly enough the writing and number skills of pupils who find learning a struggle. Higher-ability pupils are not always given enough opportunity to use their initiative to start their own learning and develop their own enquiry skills.