Riverside Community Primary School

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Riverside Community Primary School


Name Riverside Community Primary School
Website http://www.riversideprimary.net
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 September 2012
Address 210 Poole Park Road, St Budeaux, Plymouth, Devon, PL5 1DD
Phone Number 01752365297
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 543 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.1
Local Authority Plymouth
Percentage Free School Meals 44.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.7%
Persisitent Absence 14.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is above average in size. Since the previous inspection the accommodation and facilities have been significantly extended. Currently, new classes are being built to meet the needs of the increasing number of pupils seeking admission. Most pupils attending the school are of White British heritage. An above average proportion of pupils are eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported by school action is above average. The proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above the national average. The pupils’ needs relate mainly to speech and language difficulties, including dyslexia. The proportion of pupils supported by pupil premium is above average. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in a Nursery unit and in three Reception classes. The school runs its own breakfast club and this was examined during the inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. This is a popular growing school that lies at the heart of its community. A welcoming, caring atmosphere and effective teaching promote the pupils’ good achievement. High quality care is a notable feature throughout the school that secures the pupils’ good behaviour and safety. Consequently, attendance is above average and learning is enriched by the pupils’ positive attitudes and enjoyment of school. Strong team leadership and management at all levels, including governance, are underpinned by the headteacher’s determined drive and a shared commitment to continued improvement. Outstanding training of staff and effective self-evaluation have significantly improved teaching and, consequently, pupils’ progress across the school since the previous inspection. Teaching is typically good with examples of excellent practice, especially in raising pupils’ self-confidence and valuing their efforts, and in targeting the work of skilled adults to meet pupils’ individual needs. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally there is too little opportunity in lessons for pupils to learn by setting up and following their own lines of enquiry. There is some inconsistency across the classes in the way that teachers develop pupils’ self-evaluation skills and use of targets.