Spon Gate Primary School

Name Spon Gate Primary School
Website http://www.spongate-coventry.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Upper Spon Street, Coventry, CV1 3BQ
Phone Number 02476226031
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 313 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.4
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 46.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 56.2%
Persisitent Absence 15.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.2%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (21 November 2012)
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Information about this school

Spon Gate Primary School is an average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils come from a range of minority ethnic groups. The proportion of pupils who start at the school speaking English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for specific groups of pupils) is above average. The proportion of pupils joining and leaving the school other than at the usual times is higher than in most schools. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher has been highly effective in leading the changes that have resulted in rapid improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement since the previous inspection. He is ably supported by senior leaders. From very low starting points, pupils make good progress to reach average standards by the end of Year 6. The high number of pupils who are new to learning English, those who are disabled or who have special educational needs and those known to be eligible for the pupil premium make good and at times outstanding progress. This is because of the good-quality support they receive. Teaching is good, with some outstanding practice. Pupils enjoy a wide variety of exciting visits, residential stays and visitors to school throughout the year. Pupils feel safe, behave well, and enjoy their learning, which is clearly reflected in their above-average attendance. They also have a good understanding of the different forms of bullying. Provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage is well managed and results in the children making good progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Attainment in English and mathematics is not above the national average. Teachers do not always give hard enough work to more-able pupils to enable them to reach the higher levels. The recently introduced marking policy is not used consistently to improve pupils’ work. Teachers do not always provide opportunities for pupils to work independently and to explore their own ideas.