Ruswarp Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School


Name Ruswarp Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Website http://www.ruswarp-primaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 June 2014
Address Ruswarp, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1NJ
Phone Number 01947602029
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 93 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.8
Local Authority North Yorkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 4.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.5%

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average sized primary school. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The headteacher took up her post in January 2012. There have been significant changes in the membership of the governing body since the previous inspection. Pupils are taught in mixed-age groups from Years 1 to 6. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those known to be eligible for free school meals and those children looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is slightly below average. The school did not meet the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress The school manages its own breakfast club.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics has significantly improved this year and is back on track to be above the national average at the end of Key Stage 2. Children get a first rate start to their education. They make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Teaching is continually improving. The latest computer technology and displays in the classrooms are used effectively to support pupils’ learning. Behaviour is good and pupils feel safe in school. Attendance has significantly improved and is above average. This reflects pupils’ enjoyment of school. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted successfully throughout all aspects of the school. The new headteacher provides strong leadership that is firmly focused on improving the school. She is well supported by a team of committed staff and effective actions have tackled the dip in attainment. The school is back on track to move forward. The leadership team, staff and governors have successfully improved teaching and achievement in a caring and friendly school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Activities given to pupils do not always sufficiently stretch their skills, especially the ability to think deeply, and particularly for the most able pupils, so that they can achieve their full potential. Pupils are not always given enough opportunities to improve their skills of writing at length in all subjects. Pupils do not always respond to the advice given when their work is marked. Middle leaders are at an early stage in developing their skills of using data to identify more precisely where support is most needed and the major priorities for their subjects.