|Name||Riverside Community Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||20 September 2012|
|Address||210 Poole Park Road, St Budeaux, Plymouth, Devon, PL5 1DD|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||543 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.1|
|Percentage Free School Meals||44.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||5.7%|
|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.