Southcote Primary School

Name Southcote Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Silchester Road, Southcote, Reading, RG30 3EJ
Phone Number 01189375533
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 609 (52.1% boys 47.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.1
Local Authority Reading
Percentage Free School Meals 9.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 25.3%
Persistent Absence 11.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (24 October 2012)
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Information about this school

The school is a larger than average primary school. Just under a half of the pupils attending the school are White British, but the proportion of pupils from other ethnic groups is higher than many other schools. The percentages of pupils who are at an early stage of speaking English as an additional language are similar to those found in most schools. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for additional funding called the ‘pupil premium’ is below average. The school has more pupils who join and leave the school at differing times than is usually found, particularly in Years 3 to 6. The proportion of pupils with disabiltiies and special educational needs supported at school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The most common identified needs are speech, language and communication and behaviour, emotional and social difficulties. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well in English and mathematics, with more reaching the expected levels by the time they leave than was previously the case. Pupils with disabilities and those with special educational needs make good progress because adults support and teach them well. Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve and most plan tasks that help pupils learn well. An exciting curriculum inspires pupils to enjoy and show continuous interest in their learning. The significant care shown by adults helps pupils develop good attitudes and to learn well. The school is a happy and harmonious community. Pupils behave well and feel safe. They form good relationships and most work exceptionally well with each other. Parents and carers strongly value the school’s work within the local community and the many opportunities to be involved in the school. The school is improving rapidly under the strong leadership of the headteacher. Senior leaders and the governing body are not complacent and want the school to be even better where possible. Senior leaders check the quality of teaching and learning regularly so that any weaknesses are identified quickly. Staff say they feel well supported to improve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The school does not currently have enough teaching that consistently promotes the very highest levels of learning for pupils. New subject leaders are not involved enough in checking how their subject is taught and how well pupils make progress. The school does not use information on pupils’ progress carefully enough to gauge how well the school performs compared to others nationally and to help plan for pupils to learn to the highest levels.