St Mewan Community Primary School

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St Mewan Community Primary School

Name St Mewan Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 April 2014
Address St Mewan, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 7DP
Phone Number 0172674887
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 465 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.6
Academy Sponsor Cornwall Education Learning Trust
Local Authority Cornwall
Percentage Free School Meals 6.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.6%
Persisitent Absence 4.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school converted to become an academy school on 1 September 2011. When its predecessor school, also called St Mewan Community Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be good. The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. It serves part of the town of St Austell and a number of surrounding villages. The proportion of pupils who are supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is well below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is also below average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for children in local authority care, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who have a parent or carer in the armed services. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school includes a Nursery class for children aged three to four. It also provides childcare both before and after school in the form of breakfast and after-school clubs, and during the school holidays.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress throughout the school. They start school with skills and knowledge that are similar to those usually found in children of their age. By the time they leave Year 6, pupils have attained high standards in reading, and above average standards in writing and mathematics. Disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and those eligible for additional funding make equally good progress. Pupils also make very good progress in almost all years, especially in learning to read. Teaching is effective because teachers have high expectations of their pupils, know their strengths and weaknesses and use marking and assessment effectively. Teaching assistants provide good support to those who need help. Pupils are polite, hard-working and are exceptionally keen to learn. There is plenty of evidence that bullying is very rare and that pupils know of its dangers. Attendance has improved significantly and is above average. As parents and carers recognise, school leaders are highly effective in ensuring that pupils are safe. This includes when they are off the school site or being cared for in the childcare provision. Pupils enjoy the wide-ranging curriculum which includes excellent opportunities to take part in sporting and musical activities. This contributes well to their excellent behaviour and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. School leaders and governors have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. They have rectified shortcomings in teaching through mutual challenge and effective management of staff performance, leading to overall improvement in achievement and teaching. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Pupils’ achievement in mathematics and to a lesser extent in writing is not as good as it is in reading. Writing is less well developed than reading in Years 1 and 2. When compared with reading and writing, pupils have fewer opportunities to use mathematics in a range of subjects.