Sowe Valley Primary School

Name Sowe Valley Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Princethorpe Way, Coventry, CV3 2QX
Phone Number 02476456063
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 192 (50.5% boys 49.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 26%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.1%
Persisitent Absence 12.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (13 September 2016)
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Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The early years provision is full time in Reception. A large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is above average. The school provides a breakfast club. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school met the government’s current floor standards in 2015, which are the minimum standards expected nationally for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school is well led and managed by the headteacher and deputy headteacher. Together with the wider leadership team, they have made significant improvements in teaching and pupils are achieving well across the school. The latest school performance information and the work in pupils’ books show that achievement in all year groups is good. Pupils’ progress is accelerating rapidly in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching, learning and assessment are good. Teachers and teaching assistants work together closely to support pupils’ development. Some teachers do not consistently set activities that extend pupils’ knowledge and understanding. Pupils’ behaviour in and around the school is good. They work and play happily together. Pupils’ positive attitudes to school make a strong contribution to their learning. Some teachers do not routinely follow the school’s marking policy to ensure that pupils’ work improves. Pupils have a good understanding of how to keep safe, including when using the internet. The curriculum provides pupils with a good range of enrichment activities, visits and visitors, which extend their experiences and personal development. Leadership of the early years is good. Children are supported effectively, which enables them to make good progress. They are prepared well for Year 1. Leaders’ checks on the quality of teaching do not focus closely enough on the progress of particular groups of pupils. Leaders and governors have taken effective action to ensure that the school is improving. They have a very clear understanding of what the school does well and what needs to be further improved. Parents do not receive enough information about the learning and progress their children make.