Tadworth Primary School

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About Tadworth Primary School

Name Tadworth Primary School
Website http://www.tadworthps.surrey.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Justin Kelly
Address Heathcote, Tadworth, KT20 5RR
Phone Number 01737354541
Phase Primary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 407
Local Authority Surrey
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Tadworth Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy coming to this school because it is a happy and friendly place to learn. One pupil said, 'Everyone is so nice, and we never feel lonely.'

There are caring and respectful relationships between adults and pupils. Staff know pupils well. Pupils are confident that they have trusted adults to share any concerns that they may have.

This helps pupils feel safe.

The school's core aim, 'Enjoy and Achieve', encourages pupils to aspire to the high expectations the school has for them. Pupils behave well in school.

They work hard in lessons, eager and enthusias...tic to learn. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are supported well. Pupils enjoy the enrichment opportunities on offer.

A range of clubs, such as drama, art and chess, develop pupils' interests and talents. Carefully chosen experiences, such as a Second World War evacuation day in Year 3, help to make the curriculum memorable for pupils.

Pupil leaders make a positive contribution to the school community.

For example, the 'Tadworth Team' is very proud to have selected the school's new uniform that pupils will wear in their physical education lessons. The team was also instrumental in writing the school's anti-bullying policy.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has recently undertaken work to improve the curriculum further.

As a result, it is carefully designed and ambitious for all pupils. The school routinely checks that the curriculum enables pupils to achieve well. Leaders are not afraid to question and make changes where they feel it will benefit pupils.

For example, the school is currently working on broadening the way in which pupils record their knowledge in foundation subjects. These deliberate actions enable pupils to learn the curriculum in a way that helps them achieve the highest standards.

The curriculum is designed well, and learning is carefully ordered so that teachers know what to teach and when.

From Reception onwards, pupils learn the important knowledge that they need. This prepares them well for secondary school.

The school prioritises reading.

Teachers read aloud to children from Reception onwards, which helps pupils to develop a love of reading. Children get off to a strong start in early years. Most children quickly learn to blend sounds together to read simple words.

Teachers check pupils' reading and ensure that the books that pupils read include the sounds that they know and need to practise. Older pupils read high-quality texts that enrich the curriculum. Pupils are encouraged and supported to read widely.

As a result, most pupils become fluent and accurate readers.

In most cases, pupils' understanding of letters and sounds leads to strong fluency and comprehension. However, a very small number of pupils do not learn to read fluently and with understanding because teachers' adaptations are not effective enough.

Work is already underway to ensure that teachers have the knowledge that they need to adapt phonics and reading activities so that gaps in pupils' understanding are swiftly addressed.

The school identifies pupils with SEND quickly and accurately. Additional adults are deployed effectively to ensure that these pupils are supported well.

Teachers and staff adapt learning so that pupils with SEND understand important learning. For example, in mathematics, pupils use a range of resources to support their learning, such as multiplication grids, to help them problem solve and multiply. This helps pupils with SEND embed and build on their mathematical knowledge over time.

Pupils behave very well. Low level disruption is not tolerated. All areas of the school are calm and purposeful.

Pupils listen to their teachers and are eager to learn. Most pupils attend school regularly and on time. The school practices effective systems to reduce pupils' absence.

Pupils' broader development is carefully considered and planned for. All pupils learn about how to keep themselves safe. For example, in a recent focus on road traffic safety, pupils worked closely with road traffic officers to check that drivers were keeping to the speed limit.

Equality and diversity are celebrated. Pupils understand fundamental British values, such as democracy. They link this understanding to the voting system in place for roles such as house captains and play leaders.

Pupils of all ages develop their character by raising awareness and money for a range of local and national charities.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Occasionally, teachers' reading activities are not implemented with enough precision to adapt learning so that pupils improve their phonics understanding, fluency and comprehension.

As a result, a very small number of pupils do not learn to read with confidence quickly enough. The school should ensure that learning is adapted when necessary to enable all pupils to progress as well as possible in phonics and reading.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in April 2014.

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