South Lake Primary School

Name South Lake Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 19 March 2013
Address Campbell Road, Woodley, Reading, RG5 3NA
Phone Number 01189691672
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 463 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.6
Local Authority Wokingham
Percentage Free School Meals 10.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 21%
Persisitent Absence 6.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

South Lake Primary is a larger than average-sized primary school. Children attend the Early Years Foundation Stage in Nursery part time. There are two classes in each year group in Years 1 to 6. The vast majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds with a small number of pupils from Indian, Pakistani and Mixed Black backgrounds. There is a breakfast and after-school club managed by the governing body. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below average. The proportion of those pupils who are disabled or have special educational needs supported at school action, school action plus or with a statement is broadly average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care, pupils entitled to free school meals and those with parents or carers serving in the armed forces, is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has several awards, including the ICT Mark and an Arts Council Mark.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. All pupils make exceptional progress from their starting points. The headteacher, staff and governors have high expectations of pupils. Pupils reach above average standards in English and mathematics by the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The quality of teaching is outstanding. There is high-quality teaching across the whole school, from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6. Teachers and teaching assistants know the pupils well and support all abilities with their learning. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They are polite and welcoming. During lessons they are completely on task. They feel valued and safe throughout the school. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted very well. There is a strong sense of community throughout the school. This enables a positive climate for learning in which relationships enable the children to be challenged. Leaders and managers have worked successfully since the last inspection to improve the effectiveness of the school. Governors know and support the school very well. They have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for development. They are not afraid to ask challenging questions and hold the senior leaders to account. Parents and carers are extremely supportive of the school and value its contribution to the development of their children. Those who have children with additional needs are supported very well.