St Margaret’s Academy

Name St Margaret’s Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 May 2013
Address Barewell Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 4PA
Phone Number 01803327090
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 418 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.8
Academy Sponsor St Margaret's Academy
Local Authority Torbay
Percentage Free School Meals 21.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.9%
Persisitent Absence 6%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger than average primary academy, which opened in April 2011. When its predecessor school, St Margaret’s Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding overall. There is specialist provision for hearing impaired pupils. There are two classes in each year group, including the Early Years Foundation Stage. The proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals is above the national average. There is an above average proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (which is funding provided by the government to support pupils, including those entitled to free school meals, those in the care of the local authority or children of service families). Fewer pupils than the national average speak English as an additional language, and the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is also much lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils with disabilities or special educational needs supported at school action, school action plus and those with a statement of special educational needs is above the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor target, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There is an on-site breakfast and after-school club managed by the governing body. St Margaret’s Academy is not part of an academy chain, and is not supported by the local authority.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress and by the time they leave in Year 6 they achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics. The quality of teaching is good, and some is outstanding. Good support is provided for pupils with special educational needs. Senior leaders have taken appropriate action to improve teaching and this has resulted in more progress being made by pupils. Extra-curricular and inter-school activities make a strong contribution to pupils’ enjoyment of school, as well as to their good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils feel safe and well cared for, and the school is rigorous in implementing systems for their safety. Pupils behave well, showing respect and courtesy towards adults and each other. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage settle quickly due to the welcoming environment and good relationships formed between them and the staff. The school has a strong commitment to equal opportunities and ensures that disabled pupils and those with special educational needs or disabilities are fully included in all activities. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are some variations in the rate of progress made across the school because not all teaching has enough pace. Not all work provides challenge for higher attaining pupils. School targets are not ambitious enough in relation to national standards. Governors have not been given enough detail on pupils’ achievements.