|Name||Poplars Community Primary School|
|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.
|Inspection Date||24 June 2014|
|Address||St Margaret’s Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 4HN|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||485 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.8|
|Academy Sponsor||Evolution Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||48.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||6.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||21.2%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Poplars Community Primary School is larger than the average primary school. The Early Years Foundation Stage provision includes a nursery that caters for three to four year-olds each morning and afternoon. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well above average. This is additional funding allocated by the government to support pupils looked after by the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The great majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for the attainment and progress of pupils by the end of Year 6. A very small number of pupils receive some of their education through other settings, attending the Harbour referral unit or First Base referral unit for two days each week.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Almost all pupils make good progress, because they are happy, work hard and are well taught. Pupils of all ages and abilities achieve well in reading and mathematics, and very well in writing. Pupils with disabilities and those who have special educational needs make good progress because the support they are given is well planned and their progress is tracked carefully. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage enjoy a good range of opportunities to develop their speaking and listening well. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They are polite and show very positive attitudes to learning. Pupils concentrate well on tasks and help each other willingly. They say that they feel safe and enjoy being at school. Teaching is good and improving strongly because all leaders and managers have high expectations and track the impact of teaching well. Teachers use their good subject knowledge effectively to plan activities that interest and challenge pupils. The headteacher and senior leaders provide strong and effective leadership. They check the progress pupils make regularly, and make sure any extra support needed is put in place quickly. They have a clear view of how to develop an outstanding school experience for pupils in the future. Governors are experienced and well trained, offering good support and challenge to school leaders. They have a keen awareness of how school funds should be spent to provide the best benefit for pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A small minority of pupils make less progress than they could because they do not attend school regularly enough. Teachers do not always move pupils on to more demanding work quickly enough. The guidance teachers give to pupils on improving spelling and presentation is not consistently clear enough.