Somerleyton Primary School

Name Somerleyton 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 15 October 2014
Address The Green, Somerleyton, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 5PT
Phone Number 01502730503
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.8
Academy Sponsor Hartismere Family Of Schools
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 7.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Somerleyton is a small primary school. Pupils are taught in three classes in the morning and in two classes in the afternoon. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is well below average. This additional funding only applies in this school to a small number of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion supported through school action plus is below average. There are no pupils with a statement of special educational needs. There are very small numbers of pupils in each year group and so no comment can be made about whether the school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Following the closure of the middle schools in the Lowestoft area, the school became a primary school and expanded to take pupils up to Year 6. The first Year 6 was academic year 2011 to 2012. The headteacher took up the post in September 2013, 10 days before the previous inspection. In addition, two newly appointed full-time teachers joined the school at the same time. One then left in July 2014. Two new teachers have joined the school in September 2014. The school works closely with local primary and secondary schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, ably assisted by staff and governors, has been effective in improving teaching and achievement significantly over the past year. She is highly ambitious for the continued success of the school. Pupils in all year groups make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics because : teaching is consistently good and some is outstanding. Teachers provide high quality marking. As a result, pupils have a clear understanding of how to improve. Interesting activities in a range of subjects lead to good levels of concentration in lessons. A wide range of activities make a good contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils’ behaviour is good and they feel safe in the school. They have very positive attitudes to learning and show respect for each other and adults at all times. Governors are very committed to the school and hold the headteacher robustly to account for the school’s performance. Children make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage because adults provide an exciting and well-planned range of activities. Parents are extremely supportive of the school and have every confidence in the headteacher and their children’s teacher. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ progress in reading is not as rapid as it is in writing and mathematics. Occasionally, the most able pupils are not stretched sufficiently to ensure that they achieve as well as they could.