Puriton Primary School

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About Puriton Primary School

Name Puriton Primary School
Website http://www.puritonprimaryschool.org.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Katie Williams
Address Rowlands Rise, Puriton, Bridgwater, TA7 8BT
Phone Number 01278683630
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 201
Local Authority Somerset
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud to attend Puriton Primary School.

They enjoy their learning and say that it is a place that 'teaches us about life and helps us to make life decisions'. The education and opportunities leaders provide enable pupils to develop as curious, confident individuals, who are prepared well for their next steps.

This is an inclusive school.

Pupils celebrate diversity and actively condemn discrimination, saying that you should 'always treat others as you would want to be treated.' They develop a sense of belonging, contributing to the community through roles such as digital leaders, eco-warriors and litter pickers in the village.

Pupils attend... a range of sporting and creative clubs to learn new skills and develop their interests.

They value that staff also recognise their individual achievements and talents outside of school and showcase these in assemblies. Trips out and visitors to the school enhance pupils' learning. For instance, pupils fondly recall how a workshop where they made scarab beetles helped them to develop their knowledge of Ancient Egypt.

Staff support pupils to develop positive relationships. Pupils understand what bullying is and the impact it has on others. As a result, bullying is uncommon.

On the rare occasions that it occurs, parents are confident that leaders do not tolerate it and 'nip it in the bud quickly' to prevent issues escalating.

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

New leaders have overhauled the curriculum so that it is progressive and ambitious. Leaders are aspirational for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Pupils with SEND are well supported to access the full curriculum offer. Consequently, all pupils gain the knowledge they need for future success.

Leaders have provided support to develop teachers' expertise in delivering the curriculum.

This has improved teachers' confidence. They provide opportunities for pupils to revisit and apply what they have learned before. Pupils communicate their knowledge through well-structured written work, using ambitious vocabulary.

For example, in Year 6 religious education, pupils used their prior knowledge of Islam to debate whether completing Hajj makes a person a better Muslim. However, they do not always present their work well enough or consistently use the correct spelling or punctuation. This means that the quality of pupils' work does not reflect the same high standards as the content.

Teachers' use of assessment is timely and effective. They ask questions to find out how well pupils understand key ideas, picking up any misunderstandings or gaps in their knowledge. Teachers adapt learning to address any gaps, making sure that further learning is built upon firm foundations.

Children in the early years benefit from an environment that is rich in language. They learn the words they need to explain their thoughts and ideas. This helps them manage their emotions and grasp the subject-specific vocabulary needed for Year 1.

In mathematics, children use the correct terminology to describe number and shape. They are then able to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve 'real-life' problems as they move up the school.

Leaders have taken action to improve the reading curriculum.

Pupils talk about the positive impact of these changes, recognising that they are now able to understand and analyse a wider range of texts. They enjoy moving up the 'reading rocket' to celebrate their success. The consistent approach to teaching phonics enables most pupils to read accurately.

However, leaders are aware that there is a small number of pupils who have gaps in their phonics knowledge. These pupils do not read as regularly or as fluently as they should.

Staff manage pupils' behaviour fairly and consistently.

They teach pupils what good behaviour looks like and support them to understand that poor choices in life have consequences. Pupils appreciate receiving rewards, such as dojo points, for their enthusiasm and efforts. This motivates them to behave well and attend school regularly.

Leaders have created a comprehensive programme to ensure that pupils develop personally. As a result, pupils become deep, reflective thinkers. They are keen to learn about the similarities and differences of children across the world through the school's partnership with a school in Kenya.

Pupils understand the importance of everyone in society having an equal say, following the law and respecting others. This prepares them well for life in modern Britain.

Trustees and local governors are committed to ongoing improvement and collaboration.

They accurately review the school's performance, ensuring that leaders use resources wisely for the benefit of all pupils. This includes checking that the school's dedicated team of staff balance their workload and well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

All staff understand the importance of 'seeing the bigger picture' of safeguarding and take collective responsibility for keeping pupils safe. For example, they know that changes in pupils' behaviour or absence from school can be indicators of underlying concerns. They follow these up by speaking to parents and offering support for those who may need additional help.

Leaders keep clear records of any concerns. They reach out to external safeguarding partners to seek advice when needed. They have ensured that staff and governors are trained and knowledgeable about safeguarding.

Governors fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities, including checking adults in school are safe.

Pupils know how to keep themselves and others safe and well in the wider world and online. They know how to manage risks, learning about fire and water safety, for example, and they use game blockers when using the internet.

They have trusted adults to talk to if something worries them.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Some pupils have gaps in their phonics knowledge. They do not read as fluently as they should.

Leaders should further refine the curriculum to fill these gaps as early as possible. In addition, they must ensure that these pupils practise reading often, to enable them to become fluent and confident readers. ? Pupils do not present their work well enough.

They often make spelling mistakes and do not consistently use the correct punctuation. This means that the quality of work does not reflect the same standard as the content. Teachers need to raise their expectations of pupils' writing to ensure that pupils produce writing that is accurate and well presented.

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